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

Answered by
Dr. Talapatra Ritendra Nath
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 17, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 26, 2022

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 of Propranolol daily and 10 mg of Lisinopril daily. 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 the physician's 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 had 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 fine.

However, get an ECG for final confirmation.

Thank you, doctor,

Yes, I have a cardiology appointment in three days. Do 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's visit, as he will surely advise.

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