False Positive Tests The Person Is Normal But The Test Is Abnormal

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Around 20% of people who have normal heart arteries may have an abnormal test result with an abnormal ECG. Often, an experienced cardiologist will be able to tell if the type of ECG abnormality is likely to be a false positive by examining the whole recording and seeing the patient.

False positive ECG recordings during exercise are quite common in young people, particularly females, and can be due to them breathing heavily and fast (hyperventilation), and also in people with a thickened heart muscle, due to high blood pressure.

False positive results can cause anxiety inboth the patient and the doctor. An abnormal test result in a person, who is unlikely to have coronary heart disease, should be viewed with suspicion.

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