Archive for December2013

68 Year Old Male: Chest Tightness – Part 2

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This is part 2 of a multi-part series examining a 68-year-old male patient who presented with a chief complaint of "chest tightness" and an abnormal ECG. You may want to review the initial description of the patient here. We're going to save the dissection of the ECG's for the next post and continue on with […]

68 Year Old Male: Chest Tightness – Part 1

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A 68-year-old male presents with a chief complaint of chest tightness that started at rest approximately three hours prior and has been constant ever since. He desribes it as a vice-like sensation limited to the central portion of his chest. Nothing makes the pain better or worse and he rates it at about a 6 […]

'Twas the Night Before Christmas…

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  'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the lab, Not a patient with chest pain, not even a stab… The stockings were hung at the bedside with care, And all of the cath lab technicians were there… The patients were snuggled, our sheets were all clean, As visions of a-fib danced over the […]

63 Year Old Female, CC: Neck and Arm Pain

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  Good morning. It's 7:45 am on a sunny winter Monday, and you are just finishing up your holiday shopping list– it is getting down to the wire after all! The tones go off, and you are dispatched to the residence of a 63 year old female, "sick".  You arrive to a well kept two […]

Why do we send so many people to a cardiac arrest?

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I did a fair amount of traveling and teaching in 2013 and I’ve been struck by the number of people who have been amazed by the number of rescuers my fire department sends to a sudden cardiac arrest (1 ambulance, 2 engines, and a battalion chief). I think there are several reasons for this. In the […]