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The 12 Leads of Christmas: aVF

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This article is the fifth in our latest series, The 12 Leads of Christmas, where each day we examine a new finding particular to an individual electrocardiographic lead. Lead aVF I dug myself quite a hole on this one as there’s really not much to say about aVF. It’s located midway between leads II and […]

The 12 Leads of Christmas: aVL

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This article is the fourth in our latest series, The 12 Leads of Christmas, where each day we examine a new finding particular to an individual electrocardiographic lead. Lead aVL Today’s  review is going to be light on text (but heavy on EKG’s) to make time for Wednesday’s big post on aVR. It also helps that […]

The 12 Leads of Christmas: Lead III

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This article is the third in our latest series, The 12 Leads of Christmas, where each day we examine a new finding particular to an individual electrocardiographic lead. Lead III Lead III is great at identifying STEMI’s. In patients presenting with signs and symptoms concerning for ACS but no clear ischemia on the initial ECG, it’s […]

The 12 Leads of Christmas: Lead II

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This article is the second in our latest series, The 12 Leads of Christmas, where each day we examine a new finding particular to an individual electrocardiographic lead. The Lead II Sign Yesterday, we covered the lead I sign, so it’s only fitting that we discuss the lead II sign today.   It’s a commonly […]

The 12 Leads of Christmas: Lead I

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This article is the first in our latest series, The 12 Leads of Christmas, where each day we examine a new finding particular to an individual electrocardiographic lead. The Lead I Sign This patient has COPD.   So does this patient.   Also, this patient.   How do I know that? Well, I met the patients […]

What it Looks Like: Cardiac Arrest

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This article is a quasi-cross-post from the website of our good friend Brandon Oto at EMS Basics. He’s been gracious enough to allow us to adapt the original post from his What it Looks Like series over here. We suggest that you go check out the work he does on his site; it’s the epitome of […]

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 […]

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