Conclusion to Snapshot Case: 44 Year Old Male – Chest Tightness

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This is the conclusion to the Snapshot Case located here. You may want to review the initial description again. As many readers correctly pointed out, this patient is experiencing a STEMI. Let's start with the basics and work our way up to some pretty advanced topics. First, there is anterior ST-elevation with upwardly-concave T-waves, as […]

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 […]

Snapshot Case: 44 Year Old Male – Chest Tightness

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Here's a new "Snapshot" case courtesy of Dr. Bojana Uzelac from Serbia… A 44 year old male presents with a chief complaint of tightness in his chest x 1 hour. He was on his way to a conference when it started and states: "It feels kind of like asthma. I've never been diagnosed but I […]

CONCLUSION: 87YOM COMPLAINING OF CHEST DISCOMFORT AND DYSPNEA

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This is the conclusion of the previous case: http://ems12lead.com/2014/01/87-yom-complaining-of-chest-pain-and-dyspnea/ So, as mentioned before, you obtain this 12 lead ECG: A few minutes later, the LIFEPAK 15 prints out another 12 lead ECG: Although the computer suggests Atrial fibrillation, this irregular tachycardia has a group beating pattern with presence of P waves prior the QRS complexes […]

87 YOM COMPLAINING OF CHEST DISCOMFORT AND DYSPNEA

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 On a Thurday morning, approximately 02:15 hrs, in a small rural town, your EMS unit is dispatched to a residence for an 87 year old male with difficutly breathing.   You arrive on scene before the fire engine and enter the residence. Upon entering the bedroom, you find an elderly male, sitting on the edge of the bed, vomiting. He is […]

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 […]

PULMONARY PRESSURES AND ECG PATTERNS

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    Ok, so we understand the basics of our Cardiopulmonary System for the most part, at least most of us reading this.  But, if you don’t, DON’T WORRY, we can break it down in a few simple steps, so… Here ya go!!!   The Right Ventricle (RV) pumps blood to the lungs via the Main Pulmonary […]

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 […]

Understanding Digoxin

 Most of us have heard of, or encountered a patient taking Digoxin at some point in our carreers. But, do we understand what it is and how it affects our patient?    Digoxin (Lanoxin), is a Cardiac Glycoside, derived from the foxglove plant, Digitalis. This medication is often seen in the pre-hospital setting, used for […]

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 […]

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