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Old 05-20-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
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What does this mean


If a Dr. writes Repolarization Variant on an EKG, what does that mean?

My EKG came back abnormal, it said inferior infarct. I found out about this abnormal finding when I asked for copies of my last hospital stay.

On the EKG, the Dr. wrote DOUBT by the inferior infarct and then crossed out the ab on the printing that said abnormal ECG and next to it wrote borderline.

I don't understand it and I can't find an answer to what Replorization Variant means.

Thanks for any help. Bern

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Old 05-20-2005, 02:36 PM   #2
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Re: What does this mean

Hi, depolorization basically means the elimination or neutralization of nerve cells.

Old 05-20-2005, 03:19 PM   #3
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Re: What does this mean

Thank you, it still confuses me to what that could mean written on my EKG. Can you help me with how it relates to the heart (repolarization variant).

Thanks. Bern

Old 05-21-2005, 05:02 AM   #4
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Re: What does this mean


This is stuff for a cardiologist, but I'll take a stab. Basically repolarization has to do with the electromagnetic action generating the heartbeat and any "variant" means a wave form (usually in the S/T segment) that is out of the ordinary.
It (repolarization variant) might point to a past heart attack.
"Inferior Infarct" refers to a heart attack caused by blockage of the right coronary artery.
I read a blurb that says that the "depolarization variant" often means nothing, especially in young men, but it DOES seem to signal the need for a closer look with a stress/imaging, or an angiogram to see if there is evidence of an old heart attack.

I hope this helped a little, but, know well, I'm flying by the seat of my pants here!:

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Old 05-21-2005, 07:34 AM   #5
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Re: What does this mean

Thank you so much for your help Lenin. I have often thought that I needed to have and angiogram because of all of my past problems. I think that with these reports that when I talk to my dr. about them on Monday I am going to push for this test.

I appreciate your help. Have a good Saturday. Bern

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