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Can STRESS affect an EKG readout?

I recently had my first EKG.  It came out abnormal and there is no EKG from my past to compare it to.  I'm 55 F and I do have risk factors for heart disease and it's probably best that I get checked further but of course I'm hoping that there is no real physical problem.  Could the amount of stress that I have been under for the past year and still going strong be affecting the EKG readout?

Thank you!
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212161 tn?1432037254
i know stress efected mine , when your under stress your heart beats different and  fast/palps etc try relax . what did the dr say was he concerned about it or what , get another one done when you have calmed down. right now if i had one done it would be off the page am really anxity right now . take care
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154765 tn?1237251544
I always wonder that to if strees can affect ekg.
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154765 tn?1237251544
I never knew that stress can cause abnormal ekgs. Well I guess when I go get a ekg done I will relax.
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I was having chest tightness...(I am a 27 yr old female)..So when I went to doctor they did an EKG and it came back abnormal. They told me to go to the ER. I was so freaked out and scared. They did multiple EKG tests back in the ER and did a chest x ray. They say if you drink caffeine that could also affect the EKG. I think that anxiety caused mine to be abnormal.....and stress...... I think its very well possible. Relaxing ..is the best =)
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I had a heart rate of 190 bpm and a blood pressure reading of 185/121. My heart was skiping and fluttering so bad that I passed out when the ambulace arrived. My EKG was abnormal and off the charts at the hospital as well after I woke up. Because I have a history of panic attacks, they gave me a xanax, and everything went back to normal. So relax and try not to  worry so much and things will look up. :)
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Thanks, my EKG was abnormal and the doctor at the health fair said I needed a stress test asap. I was very scared, but I have had EKG readings abnormal before, but the doctor at the health fair claimed it's something different.
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I am a 36 year old female. I had gone for a routine medical examination. All the tests were normal- blood sugar, blood colestrol, urine analysis, blood hemogram etc. The blood pressure was 120/80. The doctor on the ECG report recommended for trade mill test. I had anxiety when the ECG was happening. Is it something to worry about?
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I am a 36 year old female. I had gone for a routine medical examination. All the tests were normal- blood sugar, blood colestrol, urine analysis, blood hemogram etc. The blood pressure was 120/80. The doctor on the ECG report recommended for trade mill test. I had anxiety when the ECG was happening. Is it something to worry about?
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943350 tn?1361726666
I don't think it effects it. I've gone to the hospital in full blown panic attacks from stress and all my have come back normal.
I would suggest asking your doctor just to be sure.
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I know that I wound up in the ER for a severe anxiety attack and they did 3 EKGs that were abnormal. I had one done a week later while i was calm and it was perfectly normal.
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