daughter's EKG was abnormal

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Registered: 04-04-2003
daughter's EKG was abnormal
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Thu, 08-12-2004 - 1:07am
Hi I'm new here.

My daughter is 14 and she and her sister (both adopted so no biological connection) had a normal physical and the doctor ordered a base line blood test for them. Both girls had very high potassium levels. The blood tests came back from the lab on different days so my older daughter 16 was sent to the ER by her doctor. (I received the call to pick up her blood test and take her to the ER) Her potassium tested ok at the ER but she was referred to a specialist to be sure.

The next day my younger daughter's test came back with almost the same potassium reading and the doctor asked me to bring both girls in to have blood drawn again and to have an EKG. The potassium in both of their blood samples came out normal and it's assumed it was a lab error on the potassium tests. They are both being seen by specialists later this month to be sure.

Now my youngest daughter's EKG came out abnormal with the printout on the machine saying Sinus Rythm with PACs. Inferion and Anterior T wave changes may be myocardial ischemia. Unconfirmed diagnosis.

We were referred to a cardiologist who re did the EKG and it also showed these changes. I didn't see the printout so I don't know exactly what the machine said. At that point I was told by the cardiologist we should have an echocardiogram done and it has been scheduled for late September with a follow-up appointment with the cardiologist in early October. The doctor said I shouldn't worry (yea right) and that my daughter had no reason to restrict her activities including soccer. I asked the cardiologist what the worst thing it could be and I was told I didn't have to worry about that (but of course I am and I don't even know what worst is)My daughter has no symptoms and this EKG wouldn't have been done without that lab error.

I guess I just wanted to have someone to tell this to and ask if anyone has any insite into any of the things the EKG said.

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Registered: 04-14-2003
Thu, 08-12-2004 - 12:04pm

Welcome to this fine board.

Hugs,

Cecilia

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Registered: 04-21-2003
Wed, 08-25-2004 - 10:20am
Hi

I just wanted to add to what Cecilia said in her reply to you by saying that the 'blurb' at the top of the EKG printout is the computer's "diagnosis" and is notoriously inaccurate when compared with a doctor actually looking at the EKG. I'm sure that if the doctor felt that your daughter was at any risk at all while participating in sport, then he would have advised that she not take part until he had further reviewed her.

I can appreciate your concern, and certainly don't mean to belittle how you feel. It's certainly a shame that the doctor wasn't able to allay your fears at the time. Perhaps you would be able to speak with him again before the echo to reassure yourself and your daughter?

Take care, keep posting.

Silver x
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Registered: 04-04-2003
Wed, 08-25-2004 - 6:37pm
Hi again

Thank you both for your replies. I think the doctor did try and reassure me that there wasn't a reason for me to be worried. I'm just a worrier, especially about the kids. I had hopped the cardiologist would just say, "OH that's not abnormal so we don't have to do anything else".

My daughter is starting Soccer Practice tomorrow so I'll worry then too. I hate waiting and worrying about any test so waiting till Sept 30th for the test and Oct 6th for the appointment isn't easy for me. The cardiologist has all the machines and the test is being done at the doctor's office. Everyone tells me IF the cardiologist thought there was any serious concern that the test would have been scheduled much sooner. I did get an appointment for that first cardiologist visit in a week so they seemed to give us a quick appointment before the doctor viewed the test and re did it.

Thanks again, I'll let you know what happens as soon as I know.

PS I do know from reading everything I can find about abnormal T wave that children often have abnormal T wave and some children have abnormal T wave into adolescence or even adulthood. I just don't know if this is the type of abnormal T wave that is common for children.

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Registered: 04-14-2003
Thu, 08-26-2004 - 2:17pm

Good luck with all the test.

Hugs,

Cecilia