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Abnormal T-Waves

Hello Doctors and Friends,

Here's my short profitle:

30 Years Old
Diabetic (No Meds - Diet and Exercise)
Last A1C (5.1)
211 lbs (Lost 112 Lbs - off for last 3 years)
Follow a strict diet and Exercise Program

Here's My Situation:

After reaching under my computer desk, I stretched the entire left side of my body from the waist up. I didn't notice anything until the next day when I felt a muscle pull feeling on the left side of my chest. I took it for a muscle pull because when i turned my head to the right, and rotated my left shoulder, I could really feel it.

I finally decided to go to the doctor to get it checked out and was given an EKG. I was told by the Doctor that I had abnormal T-waves and he wanted me to do a stress test.

I took the stress test a week later and was told by the nurse that everything looked fine. When the Doctor came in, he said the abnormal T-wave was not corrected during the stress test. He advised me to take a ultrasound of my heart and a nuclear test.

I took the ultrasound and he told me not to worry about that test as if it checked out okay. On Thursday, I took the nuclear test. Here's what I noticed from the nurse:

My heart rate jumped very quickly after getting on the tredmil.

The nurse also saw the abnormal t-waves.

It took longer than the average person for my pulse to slow down after the test.

I was on the tredmil for a total of 12 minutes.

I am experiencing relief from the muscle pull feeling in my chest when I use a heat pad. I feel it most when using my left arm. Is this a serious problem?
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Good News,

You are aptly named, I think.

Congratulations on your weight loss.  You have added years to your life, not to mention quality.

A third year old male, even with your past medical history of very well controlled diabetes and obesity, is at low risk for coronary artery disease.  I have recently commented on T waves (7/3/03) -- "T wave changes are non-specific. Inversions of the T waves can be caused by something benign, like hyperventilation or electrolyte changes, or by something severe like lack of blood flow to the heart."

You haven't given me enough information to coment on the results of the treadmill and nuclear tests.  Your story of chest pain sounds musculoskeletal.  Can I be 100% certain that you don't have coronary disease?  No.  My grandfather used to quip "It's a dangerous world."  The implication in medicine is that we all have to accept some risk by living, otherwise we get tested to death.  Having never met you, and not knowing anything about you other than what you have told me, I would say that statistically speaking you are at low risk for a bad outcome from this chest pain.

Happy 4th.

Good luck.

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I also have "abnormal" T-waves.  I am now 48 and have had them since I took an ECG in my late 30's.  In fact I had a bout of PAC's when I was in late 30's and the doctor put me in the hospital when he saw them to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack.  Everything turned up normal.

My cardiologist says that what may be normal for others is not normal for me.  I do have lone AFIB, but T-waves are not the cause.  But after numerous ECG's while being on a heart monitor my T-waves remain inverted from the "norm".  But my "norm" is inverted T-waves.  

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Hello I read your post and have a comment to make.

10 years ago I lost 100 pounds with weight watchers, which is a highly recommended program for people to loose large amounts of weight.  When i reached my goal of 120 pounds i started to feel strange sensations in my chest. I went to the dr where I had ekg ran and various other tests and they found it to be nothing other than abnormal t-waves. They to saw mine on stress test as well, but 10 years later here i am.

Did lots of reserch and found that lots and lots of people that lost large amounts of weight have abnormal t-waves. Guess what?
they subsided about 2 years ago and another problem has developed.  I now have pvc and lots of them. My heart loves to skip beats. I hate it! So dont worry they would had found a problem by now if this was serious.

The best you could had done for your self was lost weight. good job!!  I now teach areobics and manage my weight. Stay away from fatty fried foods and sugar.. There not our friend..

good luck ***@****
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Hello My Friends,

I would like to thank all of you for your comments. I will find out the results of my nuclear test today and post them on this board.

Either way, I'm going to continue exercising and keep a stronger grip on doing what's best for my heart.

Good Success!!!

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Hello My Friends,

I just heard from the doctor and everything turned out normal on the nuclear test.

Good News
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