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What causes an abnormal ECG echo in a non smoker?

husband had abnormal ecg echo test clear but positive stress test showing he may have had a heart attack.he is 59 and father had angina died at 68 with stroke husband is non smoker and non drinker,has to have angiogram,could it be a false alarm or am i deluding myself?
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
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I understand your concern and would like to review his ECG for a second opinion.

An exercise cardiac stress test or dobutamine stress echo would be less invasive tests (compared to the angiogram) to help investigate for coronary artery disease.

Even though he has no cardiovascular risk factors like smoking or drinking, there are other factors like dyslipidemia, family history, age, sex, diabetes, arterial hypertension, other metabolic disorders, etc. which may lead to an increased risk for coronary artery disease.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist
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