Heart Disease Community
EKg?
About This Community:

A community of people with Heart Disease to guide and support your heart-health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, nutrition, and management.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

EKg?

My mom, 51, with no medical history but a smoker, recently was seen for a 1-2 day history of chest pain.  It was not exertional, but worse when she laid on her left side or took deep breaths.  No recent cold or infection.  It was right under left breast but she couldn't reproduce it by pressing on it.  She had a troponan checked which was normal, CBC normal, and EKG = "nonspecific T waves, can not rule out ischemia".  She was told to take ibuprofen as they thought it was more pleuritic?  and be seen back.  What do you think of this diagnosis and what does the EKG mean?  Should she have a stress test?
5 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
She needs to ask her doctor what the next steps should be if next steps should be necessary.
Blank
367994_tn?1304957193
The EKG indicates the possiblity of a coronary occlusion (partial) but not definitive.  Not a very reliable source as there are many intervening factors that can give a false positive reading.  Almost always requires further testing and clinical evidence for any diagnosis.

A stress test would be the next procedure if there is other evidence of ischemia (chest pain {angina}, shortnes of breath, muscle fatigue.  Symptoms can be with or without exertion, but usually with exertion.

Deep breath pain is closely associated with pleurisy and not angina, troponan normal as well as CBC helps rule out any heart problems.

Blank
144586_tn?1284669764
Kenkeith has provided the right information. The next test should be a stress test.  Positionally relieved pain is not usually cardiogenic in origin. "Worse when I take deep brreaths" is not consistent with a cardiac problem. It sounds pleuritic and Ibuprufin sounds like the medication of choice. Remember that the civilian version has only one fourth the medicine in the hospital version, so you can double the pharmacy dose without a problem.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
11548417_tn?1440481484
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled commented on  What Supplements To ...
1 hr ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled commented on New Scientific Analys...
1 hr ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
LouAnn53 commented on cbarreda's status
5 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
11548417_tn?1440481484
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway