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Had a health check up. ECG showed anterior infarct. What does it mean? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Jun-2013
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User:Hello doctor
User:need a clarification
Doctor:Please go ahead
User:my friend did her master health checkup and got the result
User:every thing was normal, blood tests..., UCG scan.... all reading was fine
User:she did her ECG too... in that report it say something like age undetermined, anterior infarct, abnormal.....
User:what does this mean... she is tensed....
User:her cholesterol levels are all normal
Doctor:how old is she?
User:she is 34
Doctor:the sugar levels were normal?
User:yes, Fasting sugar is around 90 and PP is around 110
User:total cholesterol is around 175
Doctor:This is normal
Doctor:But the ECG means she had a heart attack
Doctor:Which I think is a lab error
User:oh god
Doctor:What I would suggest is that she should get a ECG repeated
Doctor:A treadmill test may also be required
User:but nothing to worry right
Doctor:Its very unlikely that she did have a heart attack
Doctor:not till we get it repeated
User:she is tensed after seeing this
Doctor:and we have the same result again
Doctor:In fact
Doctor:she should go today itself
Doctor:and get a repeat ECG
User:shall i tell her to take ecg in some other place
Doctor:see a cardiologist
User:if the result is normal then nothing to worry rigth
Doctor:but he'll say the same thing
Doctor:if the result is normal
Doctor:there is nothing to worry about
User:she asked the technician who did this test
User:she said nothing to worry
User:the variation is age related.... something like that
Doctor:its not an age related variation
Doctor:an anterior infarct
Doctor:is infact means that the anterior part of the heart has been affected
User:after doing the ECG for second time, should the person take a treadmill test tooo
Doctor:only if there is something suspicious on the ECG
Doctor:as of now
Doctor:there is only 1 thing you need to do
User:oh ok... thanks a lot...
User:what tell me
Doctor:that is get a repeat ECG
Doctor:and see a cardiologist
User:sure will inform
Doctor:Technicians are not trained to interpret ECGs
User:thanks, a lot for your clarification
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with
User:if in the repeated test... something shows up.... then it can be cured right
Doctor:It depends on what shows up
Doctor:Its difficult to comment otherwise
Doctor:Take care
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