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Forum Name: Cardiology Diagnostics

Question: ECG interpretation - Infero-lateral wall ischemia?

 ph_graces - Tue Jan 28, 2003 10:02 pm


i went through an annual physical exam and my ECG interpretation is:

Infero-lateral wall ischemia. Is this a cause for concern or an immediate medical attention? what should i do next?

 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Wed Jan 29, 2003 11:50 am

User avatar Dear guest,

Thank you very much for using our website.

The word ischemia means "decreased blood/oxygen supply". When read on an ecg this implies that the ischemia is in the heart secondary to blockage in the coronary arteries.

Ecg, although regularly used to detect blockages in the coronary arteries, is not the best tool available. If the interpretation that you read on your ecg is made by the ecg machine itself then it is 100% not reliable unless it was confirmed by a physician.

You have to go back to your doctor (or the doctor who did the annual physical exam) and ask him about the ecg results.

Once more, thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped and if you still have any concerns, do not hesitate to post them immediately.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.
 Anonymous - Thu Jan 30, 2003 5:07 am

the ecg result was interpreted by a cardiologist. do i need to undergo another form of cardio diagnostics? does the condition warrant immediate medical attention?
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Thu Feb 06, 2003 12:00 am

User avatar Dear guest,

Thank you very much for using our website.

How old are you? Male or female? Do you have any first degree relatives who had heart attack before? Do you have any risk factors for coronary disease like cigarette smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity?

Do you have any symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath when you walk or do any activity?

Have you ever had a stress test?

If you do not have any risk factors and you are asymptomatic then coronary disease although not impossible still yet very remote.

If you have risk factors or symptoms then it is better to have a stress test.

Once more, thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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