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Thursday, June 12, 2008 Sandra Young, Community Member, asks

Q: What is Vent. Rate? Mine was 73 bpm and I was told that there is a "small abnormality in Q3."

I am seeing my Primary Care Dr. tomorrow, but am very curious about the significance of this before then.  Heart disease runs in my family.  I am 46 and am about 40 lbs overweight. This was detected on a Life Line Screening.  I am a bit scared.... 

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Dr. Thomas, Health Pro
6/26/08 2:51pm

Electrocardiographs (EKGs) are printed with an automated reading (the findings typed on the paper) computed by a machine sensitive to every little squiggle. The machine’s findings are then reviewed by a physician, usually a cardiologist, who can interpret the findings in the context of your medical history and age. The physician decides whether the machine’s report is correct or not. Many times the automated findings are inaccurate and not included in the final test results. Your doctor will be able to tell whether the abnormalities reported on your exam are true findings, or “over reads” by the machine.

A normal heart rate is 60-100 for a healthy adult, so 73 sounds great. Heart rate is normally controlled by an electrical center in the right atrium which sends a signal to the ventricles causing them to squeeze blood out of the heart and to the body. Sometimes the signal from the atrium is irregular or interrupted along the way, and the slower electrical centers in the ventricles set the heart rate. Your doctor will be able to read your EKG and determine whether your heart rate is controlled by your atrium or ventricles and discuss this further during your appointment.

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Dr. Blaivas, Health Pro
7/ 1/08 9:36pm

Vent rate, or ventricular rate is the number of times the main pumping portion of the heart beats in a minute.  The normal range is between 60-100 beats per minute.  A rate faster than that is known as bradycardia and more rapid heart beat is called tachycardia.  “A small abnormality in Q3” is referring to a certain type of wave on your EKG, in lead 3.  Ask your doctor for more information.

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Samantha, Community Member
7/ 7/08 9:45pm

Cool

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By Sandra Young, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/20/13, First Published: 06/12/08