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Can an ecg be wrong ?

My husband went to the doctors and after a short walk down the hospital corridor he was sat on a bed and was given an ecg. The nurse first looked at the ecg and said we may need to do this again as it is showing that you are currently undergoing a heart attack she than redid the test and said it was better but there was still stuff there that shouldnt be. My husband is 30 years old and he has hemochromatosis (high blood iron disorder). Is it normal for the first ecg to be wrong? Thanks My husband has a doctors appointment tomorrow to get results for a holter monitor and echocardiogram
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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You can get a lot of background interference with an ECG and usually need several taken to get a proper diagnosis. Your husband should have had blood samples taken to test for cardiac enzymes as these would be a definiate indicator as to whether or not he had a heart attack. Also echocardiograms can be used to look at the heart tissue and see if it is normal or has muscle abnormality. The heart rate varies so the ECG will vary and a more thorough diagnosis should give a clearer picture.
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