Author Archives: David Baumrind

Discussion for 70 Year Old Male: Short of Breath

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This is the discussion for “70 Year Old Male: Short of Breath“. Tough case. Lots of excellent comments and observations from our readers. Right off the bat, the patient’s presentation offered a major distraction: the recent eye surgery resulting in the old “eye patch presentation”. Confounding the situation further was the lack of any cardiac […]

70 Year Old Male: Short of Breath

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Good morning sports fans! You are dispatched to the residence of a 70 year old male, complaining of “shortness of breath”. You pull up to a well kept home, and are met at the front door by the patient’s wife. She tells you that her husband came home from the hospital yesterday after cosmetic eye […]

“Push Hard, Push Fast?”

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“Push Hard, Push Fast” We all know the mantra. It’s catchy. Compressions not deep enough? Push hard. Not fast enough? Push fast. Great. Except… One thing many of us have learned as professional rescuers is that the bigger issue is not pushing too slow, but pushing too fast. “But…push FAST!” I mean, faster has to be better […]

74 Year Old Male: Chest Discomfort

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  It’s a sunny winter afternoon when you and your partner are called to a local doctor’s office for an “adult male- possible heart”. When you arrive, you are led into room #3 where you find a 74 year old male, in no apparent distress. His color looks good. You introduce yourself, and find out […]

All that wiggles isn’t Wellens’

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This is the discussion for our Snapshot Case involving a 45 year old female complaining of chest pain. Here is the 12 lead for review: There is sinus rhythm at about 75 bpm, with a slightly leftward axis. Slight ST elevation in V2. Biphasic T wave inversion in V2, inverted T waves in aVL, V3-V5. As we recall, […]

Snapshot Case: 45 Year Old Female–Chest Pain

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  Here is the latest from our "Snapshot" case collection..  This ECG was taken from a 45 year old female patient who had "off and on" chest pain for about 24 hours. The discomfort radiated to her left arm, and she complained of some "dizziness".  She denies any associated SOB, or N/V.  The discomfort worsened over […]

63 Year Old Female, CC: Neck and Arm Pain–Discussion

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  This is the discussion for our recent case 63 Year Old Female, CC: Neck and Arm Pain. Let's revisit the 12 Lead ECG: There "appears" to be a Sinus Brady rhythm at a rate of about 52 bpm, with a first degree AVB. The rhythm is regular for the first half of the ECG, then […]

'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 […]

The Weekend Roundup: ECG Highlights from Around the Web…

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