I just had an EKG done today for persistant palpitations, blowing systolic heart murmur, and near syncope episodes. My physician said it was normal, except that I had a"right ax". What does that really mean. He also ordered an echo and a 48 hour holter monitor.
Dear Judy, thank you for your question. Right axis deviation refers to a change in the orientation of the electrical axis of the ECG that clinically is rarely clinically significant. Normally the electrical axis of the ECG is between - 40 and 120 degrees. The axis has to be > 120 degrees in right axis deviation. The echo and Holter monitor should be able to determine the cause of your murmur and palpitations.
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