Electrocardiogram

Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a noninvasive test used to measure the electrical activity of your heart. It helps the doctor understand how well your heart is functioning. It records the heart's rhythm and activity, which is graphed using a moving strip of paper.

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I have shortness of breath and numbness in arms in the morning. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old male, who weighs 115 lbs and I am 5.10 feet tall. I woke up after an hour of sleep with shortness of breath and numbness in my right arm. I have been suffering from a cold, for a week now. Five days ago I boarded a flight, I got congested during the first leg of the...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathap

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would give my opinion regarding this, but it may not be the final diagnosis as I have not examined you. Shortness of breath after lying down for an hour implies there is a pulmonary congestion, that is pooling of blood in lungs due to weakened heart. It is called ort...  Read Full »

Can pneumonia cause prolonged QT waves?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to the emergency room with fast heartbeats. The doctor did an EKG and chest x-ray, and he said I had pneumonia. But, my QT was slightly prolonged. He repeated the EKG after a week later and said it was fine. Should I be concerned about the prolonged QT? Can pneumonia have caused i...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How much was your QT? Pneumonia will not cause QT prolongation. Since it has resolved, it was probably due to some reversible causes like electrolytes abnormalities like hypocalcemia, hypokalemia, etc. Many drugs also cause QT prolongation, so drugs need to be...  Read Full »

What is the difference between heart attack and costochondritis chest pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old, and I visited my GP today, who thinks that I may have chondritis. I just have a question regarding the difference between this and heart attacks. The pain has been varying from the right side of my left pectoral to the left side of my left pectoral muscle. Being fairl...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, to begin with, the probability of heart attack is very less at this age. Costochondritis pain will increases on applying pressure over the area, if yes, it could be costochondritis. This is the most important sign of costochondritis. Heart attack pain...  Read Full »

Does high E/A ratio suggest diastolic dysfunction?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to show my echocardiogram, to know if I have diastolic dysfunction or not. I can see that the velocity is high, but the report says normal. I am not an expert, but I have read that, if E/A ratio is higher than 1.5, then it is a problem. Please help, I am worried.  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In order to diagnose a person to have diastolic dysfunction, there are factors that have to be met. Like ejection fraction more than 45%, the presence of diastolic stiffness, and heart failure symptoms, with changes in some laboratory test indexes. E/A ratio great...  Read Full »

Does a mild mitral valve prolapse require a surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. I had been diagnosed with a mild mitral valve prolapse four years ago. I have been prescribed beta-blockers for the same. Last year when an echo was performed, it showed that the prolapse had reduced. But, in the last few months, due to an increased amount of activity a...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello,  Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have only MVP (mitral valve prolapse), and no other complication such as valve leakage, there is nothing much to worry about. Have you ever had a stroke? I want to see your current ECG (electrocardiogram) and echocardiography report to guide you properly. Re...  Read Full »

Why do I have an abnormal ECG?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having chest pain off and on. I also suffer acidity, although I am not on any medication. I was advised to have an ECG anyway. My ECG showed some minor variation and then was advised TMT which was normal. Please advise. Why do I have chest pains and why is my ECG not norma...  Read Full »


Dr. Ganesh P Sapkal

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chest pain occurs due to various causes. For example heart problem, lung problem, muscle problem, bone problem, stomach problem etc. Your TMT (treadmill test) is normal. It indicates that your heart condition is likely to be healthy. For your chest pain, the reason...  Read Full »

If I quit smoking, will my RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV levels come back to normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from hypertension since few years, and I am currently on medication Telmisartan. I am an alcoholic and smoker, and I smoke approximately 15 cigarettes a day for the last five years. My current CBC report suggests high RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV. Though it reduced slightly...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The diagnosis is polycythemia. Polycythemia can be secondary or primary. Secondary polycythemia occurs because of hypoxia, which activates the oxygen sensor and more erythropoiet...  Read Full »

Are there any side effects in getting a bone marrow test?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother's age is 60 years, and six months back her WBC count was 26000. She got admitted for two days and was discharged, at that time her WBC count came to 9000. Now from the last month, she was feeling tired, so we checked the WBC count, and it was 14,000. We went to the general p...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The report shows high total count and premature WBC cells up to 13 to 14 %. It seems to be a leukemoid reaction like condition. Myeloid proliferation is present, but it does not seem to ...  Read Full »

Though my EKG showed sinus tachycardia, why did not my doctor worry about that?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old female. Yesterday, I had an EKG for chest pain. My doctor said that my heart is great although my EKG automated interpretation was abnormal. It read sinus tachycardia (BPM 111) and non-specific ST depression, non-diagnostic for this age.  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand you are worried. Please do not worry. Sinus tachycardia is just fast heart rate, and yours is just slightly elevated. Probably, you were a little anxious during the time of the examination. ST and T changes are often seen in normal healthy patients. It cou...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to stop taking beta blocker before an EKG?

Query: Hi doctor, Could Atenolol mask any abnormality that might be found where I am not taking a beta blocker at the time of my EKG? I am a 47 year old female. I am overweight but not obese.  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For EKG, there is no need to stop beta blocker. Yes, for Dobutamine stress echocardiogram, beta blocker needs to be stopped three days prior. For further information consult a cardiologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cardiologist  Read Full »

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