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Help needed understanding Waveform


Hi all!

Looking for a little help/guidance if possible. I am a 27yr old male, been suffering with irregular heart rate, skipped beats and passing out. It’s an ongoing investigation with my cardiologist (nothing sinister has been discovered as yet) So I am going to be having a loop recorder inserted and hopefully we find something!

In the meantime, I have been doing my best tracking a little diary of symptoms etc and hopefully get down to the bottom of it some what myself as my cardiologist seems quite unhelpful. So I have been tracking my Heart rate while feeling unwell (when the passing out comes on) and have discovered a few changes in my waveform, and was hoping if anyone could shed some light on it possibly explaining it and if it is worth bringing up with my cardiologist. The picture is of when I’m not feeling good.

Thanks in advance


11 Replies

I am so sorry that you are having these horrible things happening when you are so young. I can't help you but you are not alone in your suffering and worry on this forum.

Best wishes


Any data you gather on your own will definitely help the doctor.

Hope they get to the bottom of it for you.

MilkfairyHeart Star

Hi JeffAjaxSmith

It is the role of a registered healthcare professional to make a diagnosis.

Foodie27 in reply to Milkfairy

Yeah I’d agree, I’m not looking online for a medical diagnosis as such. More just insight into understanding the wave form and intuition on maybe others that have had similar problems to mine!

Hidden in reply to Milkfairy

Like really IN post @healthStar did say I did not know and stated I was speculating.

How can speculating be diagnosed AND what’s point of having heart forum IF can’t talk about heart maters

In my reply anyone could see I was talking about different wave patterns CLEARLY poster don’t know what his asking or looking for

Sillyfroggy in reply to Hidden

A layperson cannot interpret ecg. It is a highly complex skill set. This one doesn’t even have the squares which are key to interpreting any ecg. Also a 3 lead gives very little other than rate and rhythm. A 3 lead can quite happily not pic up a full-on STEMI.

Hidden in reply to Sillyfroggy

Defo agree about Waves like I say I was speculating and made no secret of that

MilkfairyHeart Star in reply to Hidden

Your initial reply has now been deleted.

Hidden in reply to Milkfairy

Quite obvious I think

MilkfairyHeart Star

Hi Foodie27

I acknowledge how you may be feeling anxious a natural reaction when you are unsure of what is happening.

None of us here are healthcare professionals so are unable to make a diagnosis.

I suggest you to go and see your GP and discuss this issue with them. If you are unhappy with the care offered by the Cardiologist who you have already seen perhaps ask your GP to refer you to another Cardiologist for a second opinion.

I hope you get the answers you need soon.

MilkfairyHeart Star

Hi Foodie 27

The Arrthymia alliance have lots of information and a helpline as does the BHF perhaps give them a call?

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