I just had a EKG test and the said it was positive, and may have heart disease. Now they want to do a stress test on tredmill. If the EKG is positive, does this mean I DO have heart disease and possible leaky heart valve as I was told? I am 52 year old female who weights 340 lbs. I am very nervous now. I'm I really sick?
An EKG is false positive about 20% of the time. Also, the EKG can record as abnormal if the heart rate is more than 100 (doesn't take into consideration nervousness, etc) and an electrolyte imbalance, medication, diet, alcohol, etc. can cause an abnormal reading.
An echo can determine if there is any valve leakage. Not unusual to have some leakage...did the doctor hear a mumur with the stethoscope? Do you have the results of the EKG?
Thanks for responsing. The EKG test came back positive. A echo gram was done the same day and came back negative. Heart and lungs sounds okay though stethoscope. Been having crushing chest pains off and on. Mornings mostly. When chest pains accure other parts of the day, it is always acompanied by severe fatigue. The pains come and go thoughout the day. Will have treadmill test tomorrow.
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