“Bad heartburn” – Conclusion

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Recap In “Bad Heartburn” – 82 y.o. female without chest pain, the paramedic had obtained an ECG on an elderly woman who only complained of mild “heartburn.” An initial ECG was obtained: ECG interpretation : The degree of ST elevation is significantly higher in lead II than lead II, which usually supports an RCA occlusion. […]

“Bad heartburn” – 82 y.o. female without chest pain.

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This case is courtesy of paramedic Jason Cameron, who works for Stratford EMS in Connecticut. The ALS unit had been dispatched for an older female with “chest pain.” Upon arrival, however, the 80 y.o. patient denied any pain or pressure, and only endorsed some mild “heartburn,” localized to the epigastrium, non-radiating, and rated it at […]

Conclusion: 38 Year Old Male – Chest Pain and Leg Paralysis.

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Recap In the post yesterday , the paramedic crew was evaluating a 38 y.o. male who had sudden, severe chest pain, as well as leg numbness and paralysis, and whose vital signs showed a mild bradycardia and pronounced hypertension. The ECG obtained by EMS appears to be junctional, with an unclear contribution from the SA […]

38 Year Old Male – Chest Pain and Leg Paralysis.

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You are called for severe chest pain. The patient is a 38 year old male who describes the abrupt onset of a severe pain in his chest about 30 minutes before his wife called EMS. While sweat streams off his face, he tells you that he has never felt pain this intense. He isn’t sure […]

57 Year Old Male–Chest Discomfort

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  It is a bright Sunday morning when you and your partner are dispatched for an “adult male-chest pain”. You arrive at a well kept residence, noting a ladder and paint cans as you enter. You find your patient, a 57 year old male, sitting on the sofa in mild distress. “I was doing some […]

80 Year Old Male: Fall

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A previously well 80-year-old experienced a fall at his home where he lives alone. He was walking from the living room to the kitchen when suddenly he found himself on the ground, which he attributes to tripping on the runner rug in the hallway. “My son has been telling me to get rid of that […]

Dont let your bradycardic patient D.I.E.

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At the risk of plagiarizing myself, I’d like to revisit a topic that I discussed on my personal blog a couple of years ago. The story goes that I am not very good with mnemonics. For me they are almost never useful in clinical practice, and as the patient gets sicker my chances of properly […]

45 year old male with “numb hands” – Discussion

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Go back to 45 year old male with “numb hands” to read about the presentation, and see the ECGs.   The culprit artery? After arriving at the hospital, the patient bypassed the ED, going directly to the cardiac catheterization lab. The patient was found to have a total occlusion of the proximal RCA, and the […]

45 year old male with “numb hands”

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This case illustrates both how good modern EMS can be at expediting emergency cardiac care, but also the challenges that still confront us. Yes, there is a “twist,” but only a small one. Note: I never saw this patient, but the ECGs and outcome were brought to my attention by a colleague, Dr K. Thrace, […]

Pediatric Pit Crew CPR

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A reader asks, “Does your Pit Crew CPR process work for pediatrics?” See also: Pit Crew CPR – The Explicit Details The answer is, “Yes!” with some minor modifications. We are developing a class for Pediatric Pit Crew CPR. It has not yet been implemented so consider this a beta version. I hate to give […]

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EMS 12-Lead

Cardiac Rhythm Analysis, 12-Lead ECG Interpretation, Resuscitation
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“Bad heartburn” – Conclusion | EMS 12 Lead
63 year old male CC: Substernal Chest Pain – Discussion
[…] upright T waves is actually not representative of acute occlusion – for more on this, read this discussion on old versus “new” teaching on recognizing posterior MIs. We do not see ST elevation in aVR or V1 that would suggest a concomitant RV infarct, […]
2014-08-22 16:49:18
Brooks Walsh MD
“Bad heartburn” – 82 y.o. female without chest pain.
Why give atropine at this time?
2014-08-22 15:42:18
Bryan Laviolette
“Bad heartburn” – 82 y.o. female without chest pain.
In addition to the above treatment consensus (ASA, Plavix, judicious NTG, fentanyl, fluid bolus, right sided leads), I would absolutely transport this patient to a PCI centre. Culprit artery is the RCA (STE lead III > II) leading to AV nodal ischemia and junctional bradycardia. In addition to the above treatment I would give 0.5…
2014-08-22 13:14:35
Jared
“Bad heartburn” – 82 y.o. female without chest pain.
Not much to add but my 2 cents...I'd definitely be careful with the nitro, not saying withhold it completely but absolutely use some common sense. I'd have to say probably RCA occlusion, and catch team needs to be activated for a stemi alert immediately. Treat it like a stemi until proven otherwise. If it walks…
2014-08-22 08:49:36
Brooks Walsh MD
“Bad heartburn” – 82 y.o. female without chest pain.
The option was indeed turned on! As for non-CP presentations of ACS, I absolutely believe that these warrant the same level of urgency as the "typical" presentations. Both men and women, young and old, all commonly present without classic chest pain. Besides, how much difference is there between "burning in the epigastrium," and "pain in…
2014-08-21 17:10:37

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