I was recently declined life insurance because of poor R wave progression on an EKG done over 3 years ago. What exactly does this mean? I'm meeting with my personal physician next week who may schedule a complete cardiac work-up. 3 years ago he had compared the EKG tracing with another one done several years earlier and he (obviously) wasn't that concerned. I remember him saying that's just the way my heart is. . . . I am 47 years old and have been overweight most of my life.
Poor R wave progression can but does not always indicate a previous heart attack. In other circumstances it reflects a different orientation to the heart or a normal variant, meaning that nothing is truly wrong, you EKG just looks different. An echocardiogram and stress test should be able to answer the question but I am not sure that it wil change the minds of the insurance company.
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