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Q. Can machine-generated report of EKG be completely relied upon?

Answered by
Dr. Ritendra Nath Talapatra
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 17, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am a 41-year-old male. I have been elected for an EKG because I am a pilot and need a medical certificate. I have hypertension that is controlled easily with 10 mg Propranolol a day and 10 mg Lisinopril a day. My BP is 117/70 with 66 BPM. There are no symptoms of chest pain or shortness of breath ever. Yesterday during a routine visit I asked physicians assistant for a 12 lead EKG as I have heard it is a good thing to do. Never had any symptoms, slightly overweight, BP great with 10 mg of Propanolol and 10 mg of Lisinopril. I had an abnormal EKG and asked if I have ever experienced the symptoms of a heart attack? I have a copy of my EKG which is machine printed that reads "abnormal old anterior infarct." I have an appointment with a cardiologist but I am going crazy until next week. Should I be worried?



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The interpretation you saw was a machine interpretation and they sometimes drive us crazy.

Your ECG (electrocardiogram) is absolutely fine.

However, get an ECG for a final confirmation.

For more information consult a cardiologist online -->

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Thank you doctor,

Yes, I have a cardiology appointment in three days. You feel my cardiologist also will have the same opinion?



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Yes, your ECG (electrocardiogram) is normal.

However, get an echocardiography done positively before the cardiologist visit as he will surely advise the same.

For more information consult a cardiologist online -->

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