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Old 10-22-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Hi, I went in for a physical, they gave me an EKG test and said that it showed up abnormal and that T waves showed up. Now I have to see a cardiologist. Would anyone have any idea what's up? The doctor wouldn't elaborate and he told me he doesn't know what they mean...
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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All EKGs have T waves.

EKGs usually are taken from 12 "leads" ---- all those wires you were attached to during the test.

Each heartbeat is associated with a picture whose parts are labeled P, Q, R, S, and T. These represent the tiny charge of electricity that triggers the heart muscle to contract in a coordinated way in order to pump blood effectively to the lungs and the rest of the body.

See the diagram here. Just ignore the technical jargon:

Sinus rhythm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Just as your home will look different depending on where you stand when you look at it, the EKG PQRST picture looks different depending on which lead "looks" at it.

Changes in the T wave can be totally normal or can mean there is a problem in the way electricity is conducted in the heart. This could be as simple as an abnormal blood potassium level or as serious as damage from a heart attack or an abnormality the "wiring" of the heart.

Which lead --- picture --- shows the abnormality gives a clue to the type and location of the problem.

Many EKG changes are so specific that a computer can interpret them. Others are more difficult to evaluate.Your doctor wants someone with more expertise to look at your EKG. S/he should be able to give you a better idea of what is going on. Depending on your age and medical history, the cardiologist may recommend further testing.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Location: Location
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Good explanation, Suzy. When I was in the O.R. for colon surgery, the cardiac monitor showed "flipped T-waves". This was reported to my cardiologist, because I have a porcine valve in my aorta. Dr. Cardio insisted I have a cardiac catherization prior to starting chemo, and everything came back as normal. Apparently, the "flipped" T-wave was an anomaly and no further untoward developments to date.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: not new to houston anymore
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abnormal t waves could be a sign of blockages, therefore the dr wants you to see cardiology to either confirm and treat or rule it out.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Ok thank you everyone!!
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