Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
191 Doctors are Online

Chest pain, done EKG, V1 and V2 abnormal, family history of heart problems

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by
Practicing since : 2001
Answered : 12677 Questions
Hello Doctor, I am a 52 year old women in good shape but had horrible left sided chest pain the other day. I went to my primary dr who ran a EKG in his office saying V 1 and V 2 were abnormal. I have no idea what that means. I saw his report by accident and he wrote abnormal EKG. He has scheuled for a cardio doctor appt. in a few days. please explain this to me. My dad died of heart problems and I am scared. My primarary did not seem to want to talk about it. What is this V 1 and V 2 thing? Thank You, XXXXXXX
Posted Sun, 29 Apr 2012 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 1 hour later
Thanks for writing to us.
V1 and V2 are two different chest leads that are placed on the chest wall for recording the cardiac electrical abnormalities. Since you do not know what were the abnormalities, it is difficult to presume what the problem might be. It can be ischaemic changes or show changes due to cardiac hypertrophy. Changes present only in V1 and V2 are more suggestive of problem related to right atrium.
To find out the exact diagnosis and the extent of problem, you might need to have further investigations like-
1. Troponin -T and CPK-MB
2. ECG in all leads with a rhythm strip in lead 2
3. Echocardiography
4. Tread mill test
5. Thallium scan (Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy)
Please visit your cardiologist to undergo physical check up and also to undergo relevant investigations required in your case.
I hope my answer and recommendations are adequate and helpful. Waiting for your further follow up queries if any.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Cardiologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor