An abnormal EKG

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Submitted by Dr T on June 17, 2011 – 5:10am

Question: 
Hi Dr T,
I recently was informed that my EKG showed 55% percent in some areas and that certain areas were weak. The nurse couldn’t really explain what the numbers meant – the nurse kept answering my questions with “the doctor will explain more on your follow up visit.” So, what does the 55% and weak in other areas mean?

An EKG can show that damage has occurred to your heart as well as problems with your heart rhythm. This 55% cannot be calculated from an EKG. For that you need a cardiac ECHO:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-diagnosis/exercise-stress-t
For evaluating your heart further, you need other tests:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-diagnosis
To see whether you are at risk, take a look here:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/risks-benefits/heart-risk-factors
https://www.cardiachealth.org/risks-benefits/cardiovascular-risk
Hope this helps,
Dr T
https://www.cardiachealth.org/

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