It can be a concern for you and your physician if your ECG results are abnormal. And interpreting an abnormal ECG interpretation is as much an art as it is a science.
What is an Abnormal ECG?
Before understanding the term abnormal ECG, let’s dig into whats an ECG.
Our hearts run on electrical impulses. These impulses cause it to absorb blood and push into your circulatory system. We regularly call an electrocardiogram as an ECG or EKG, which measures these electrical impulses and alarms you if it detects any signs of cardiovascular problems. During an ECG, the doctor will place special pads on your chest, and they will read the electrical signals from your heart and print them on paper. A cardiologist then checks this paper.
An Abnormal ECG!
Since the process of capturing an ECG is entirely human-based, some of the most common abnormalities are not an abnormality at all. Errors such as how a technician performs the ECG, did the technician properly deploy all the leads, were the leads properly connected to the machine, and can cause abnormal results. In most cases, such abnormalities that appear on an ECG are disregarded by the cardiologist. But if the ECG shows signs of markedly abnormalities with symptoms, then the situation is critical, and the patient requires treatment or surgery.
What Are Some Symptoms Of An Abnormal ECG?
It is important to know what are some symptoms that we associate with an abnormal ECG.
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Fast heartbeat
- Sudden weakness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, inform your doctor about them. Because this will help him analyze the situation to a much better state.