Abnormal EKG Results

If you have a history of heart disease in your family, or if you have been experiencing any chest pain or other indicators of heart problems, your doctor will usually suggest that you have an Electrocardiogram (EKG). EKG machines can help detect past, pending or imminent heart attacks, heart disease, enlargement or inflammation of the heart, myocardial defects and other heart problems.

An EKG compares your heart palpitations and rhythm with that of a standard heart graph. Any spikes or dips within the graph are referred to as P, QR and PR and other similar acronyms. Normal EKG readings show slight flat dips in between contractions and relaxations. A lack of flat dips could be an indication of a more serious problem. This is what is usually referred to as abnormal EKG results.

Just because you have abnormal EKG results, doesn’t mean you should immediately be concerned. Many things can produce an abnormal EKG reading. Sometimes, something as simple as low blood sugar can have an altering affect and produce false EKG readings. If an abnormal EKG reading occurs, most doctors will require further testing on medical equipment to determine what, if any, problems actually exist.