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Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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What does an ECG reading muscle drift 38Hz with 53bpm heart

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What does an ECG reading 'muscle drift 38Hz' with 53bpm heart rate mean ?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Hi--can you give me the entire EKG report first?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Sorry don't have anymore info on ECG
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
OK Dorothy--no problem. Muscle drift refers to a movement of the baseline of the ECG caused by muscle contractions in the chest wall muscles and doesn't indicate any problem with the heart or the heart rhythm. Your heart rate--pulse--of 53 indicates a healthy slow heart rate. If these were the only things on the report then there's no heart problem from the ECG perspective so no worry here