Archive for January2016

90 year old female with abdominal pain and wide complex tachycardia

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EMS is called to the residence of a 90 year old female who awoke to an “uncontrolled bowel movement” that corresponded with sudden onset abdominal pain. On EMS arrival, the patient is alert and oriented to person, place, time, and event. She has a grimace on her face and appears acutely ill. When asked the […]

The 12 Rhythms of Christmas: High-Grade AV-Block

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This article is the eighth in our latest series, The 12 Rhythms of Christmas, where each day we examine a new rhythm disorder. It’s a continuation of the theme behind last year’s 12 Leads of Christmas. In our recent articles we’ve discussed three different types of AV-block that cause dropped P-waves: type I, type II, […]

The 12 Rhythms of Christmas: 2:1 AV-Block

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This article is the seventh in our latest series, The 12 Rhythms of Christmas, where each day we examine a new rhythm disorder. It’s a continuation of the theme behind last year’s 12 Leads of Christmas. Our last two posts have examined type I and type II AV-block, so it’s only fitting that we continue […]

The 12 Rhythms of Christmas: Type II AV-Block

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This article is the sixth in our latest series, The 12 Rhythms of Christmas, where each day we examine a new rhythm disorder. It’s a continuation of the theme behind last year’s 12 Leads of Christmas. Type II AV-Block Except for first degree,  type II is probably the simplest of the AV-blocks to identify. There’s […]