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Anterior T wave inversions and PE.

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Last week, I described the case of a middle-aged male with a vague history of heart failure who had been having progressive shortness of breath for 4-5 days. On the day he called 911, he had been walking a short distance when he syncoped. EMS obtained an ECG: Compared with the prior ECG, the anterior […]

100 yof CC: Rib pain and intermittent spasms

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Here’s an interesting set of ECGs sent to us by Frank Intessimoni of Atlanticare EMS. You can follow Frank on Twitter: @njmedic3228. EMS is called to a local nursing home for a 100 year old female patient who had been complaining of rib pain and intermittent spasms for 3 days. Vital signs were assessed. RR: […]

Not just S1Q3T3: Look at the other 10 leads!

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It was a slow morning in the ED, so I was able to catch the medic as she came in with the patient. “Hey Leigh, what do you have for us? Got an interesting ECG?” “Well, maybe,” she replied as she wheeled by with a comfortable looking middle-aged male, “here, take a look at it […]

Understanding Amiodarone

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Recently, I was part of a short discussion between fellow healthcare providers of different levels of care, about Amiodarone and its expected effects on the heart during Ventricular Tachycardia (VT). I figured, I could break it down and write a short summary of how it works.   Most healthcare providers are familiar, or at least have […]

68 y.o. male w/ weakness: conclusion – “Treat the monitor.”

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But perhaps not the computer… Recap of the case: A patient with CHF, COPD, and diabetes called after falling, apparently due to weakness. Their ECG was recorded by the paramedic: Interpretation: The underlying rhythm is unclear, due to artifact, but there are very wide QRS complexes. The computer measures the QRS as 158 ms, which […]

68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”

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A recent graduate of our hospital’s paramedic program brought this case to me. Leigh works for Stratford EMS, an excellent local service in Southwestern Connecticut. (A quick note on the specific details of the case: This patient did not necessarily come to my hospital. Additionally, several features of the case have been altered; some to […]

Conclusion: “And then I gave her a NTG…”

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Recap: From  Part 1: A 64 y.o. woman with typical symptoms of ACS was given nitroglycerin by the paramedic. Her ECG: ECG Interpretation: As noted by many of our astute readers, there is obvious ST-segment elevation (STE) in leads III and aVF. Lead II doesn’t show much STE, but relative to the small R wave […]

64 y.o. Female with CP – “And then I gave her a NTG…”

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My apologies for the faded ECGs. Turns out the medic (a recent grad from our hospital’s program) had been carrying them in his work pants for over a week, waiting to catch me in the ED. The  patient had been brought to another hospital, but he wanted to review the ECGs with me. They had […]

“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 […]

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