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17 year old with chest pain can anyone interpret his ECG?
My 17 year old son woke up this morning with severe chest pain and pain in his left arm. We went to our local walk in centre where they did an ECG, the doctor told us there are couple of things on the ECG that could be perfectly normal or they could indicate a problem. He's given my son painkillers and gaviscon and if the pain doesn't stop in 2/3 hours we have to take him to A&E and give them the ECG report. It's a long shot I know but I wondered if anyone could tell me what is showing up on the ECG. Thank you.
God go straight to a and e - I don’t think it matters what the ecg says. If he’s having chest pain it needs to be checked out properly. Has he had a viral illness lately? Viral myocarditis is scary, acts fast and can be deadly. Why take the risk - just get it checked out by the hospital - I can’t believe this dr just sent you home when he wasn’t 100% sure he was ok
Rainbow, I think this is why I posted because it felt odd the doctor actually gave me the print out of the ECG to take to A&E if the painkillers/gaviscon don't stop the pain. I don't know what to do for the best, what is the ECG saying that's made him give me a copy to take to the hospital if the pain doesn't improve?
Most GPs work on a "most likely" basis so it's most likely heart burn rather than something worse so they treat accordingly. A&E docs I have seen, and good GPs work on a better, differential diagnostic, basis.
I have ZERO idea how to read an ECG even my own BUT having spent 24 hours in hospital before a student recognised that my intercostals and diaphragm (due to boring winter coughing) had gone into spasm and In needed a minor muscle relaxant I was in utter agony
have since discovered that yoga breathing exercises as it starts work miracles
muscle spasm does not fit A&E reading patterns - I'm thus ultra aware of it have saved a couple of friends from A&E admission by getting them to ask the question
Just go - you will not be wasting anyone's time. My son has a minor heart condition and we have gone a few times for monitoring, it is routine (for them). It is likely you will be seen quickly because in the vanishingly remote chance that anything major is wrong then a swift response is vital. In my experience the equipment they use to diagnose is straightforward.
Regardless of being able to read an ECG or not, you won’t find many professionals who will be willing to say it’s fine or it’s not- there’s a liability issue If someone gives you advice. If you’re concerned, just take him. They will repeat it and do a full history. I wouldn’t take or give advice on something like this, you need to do what you feel is reasonable.