My mother is 53 and has rheumatoid arthritis and high blood pressure. Heart disease does run in the family and both her parents had it. Her doctor has expressed concern about her inverted T waves and sent her to a heart doctor. Our doctor went over her EKG's from the past 30 years and noticed a pattern that concerned her as well as the cardiologist. As her daughter she is not willing to give me all the details other then she needs to have a nuclear stress test and they will go from there. I don't really understand what inverted T waves means in terms I understand. I am looking for help understanding what her body is going through and what some of it might mean. Please any information to help me better understand would be greatly appreciated. She is supposed to be going in for surgery in a couple of weeks which they now want to postpone until all the questions about her heart are answered. Very concerned.......
Don't be concerned. Inverted T waves are very non-specific findings and may be related to various conditions such as an enlarged heart due to high blood pressure or aortic valve disease, coronary artery disease, electrolyte abnormalities or it may be a normal variant. Her doctors are doing the right thing by getting a stress test because this will eliminate the likelihood of CAD. She should also have an echocardiogram to better understand her heart anatomy. If they don't find anything abnormal, then this will be considered a normal variant and your mom will go on without having any interventions or procedures, and will be able to have her surgery.
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