I went in for a regular physical, and since I'm over 35, part of the physical was to get an EKG. I was surprised when the results were abnormal. The results said "Negative T-Waves: Anterior Ischemia." My doctor asked me if I had ever had a heart attack. Of course, I said no. I went in for a check up because I've been experiencing shortness of breath, even with the smallest exertion. I noticed it when I went to pick up my daughter and couldn't even talk after walking from my car to her front door. I also lose my breath sometimes just from talking. Now, I'm very out of shape, but not particularly overweight. I'm 37. Heart disease runs on both side of the family, though only for older family members.
Anyway, doctor ordered a Cardiopulminary Metabolic Excersize Test with Stress Echocardiogram (sp?). But I am worried. Does anyone have any idea about the false positive rate of EKGs for this "disorder?" I want to know what to expect, as I've been freaking out.
Thank you so much! I was pretty calm when I took the EKG because I wasn't expecting anything. No chest pain, so that's good. I'm taking the test on Weds, so I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again!
I was pretty calm when I took the EKG because I wasn't expecting anything. No chest pain, so that's good.
Actually, it is better to have symptoms, like chest pains, while you are taking the EKG. The EKG will only capture how the heart is performing during the test. The performance of the heart varies, somewhat, throughout the day. That is why cardiologists like holter tests of the heart, which are 24 hour EKG tests.
I'm taking the test on Weds, so I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again!
Good luck with the Stress Echocardiogram. Hopefully it will show things which are either easily treated or just totally healthy.