Tag Archives: appropriate T-wave discordance

Revisiting Transcutaneous Cardiac Pacing

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“Transcutaneous cardiac pacing is an effective procedure for patients experiencing unstable bradycardia.” Or is it? If you’ve read Tom’s introduction to the subject of false capture you’re already ahead of the game. We’ve shown case after case of unstable bradycardia patients receiving ineffective transcutaneous pacing due to a lack of capture. In each case, phantom pacing impulses […]

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 […]

RBBB Abnormalities Missed

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The original presentation of this case appeared as  "What's Wrong with Mr. Wilson?"… You can read the original post here. Much has been written lately about RBBB abnormalities that were missed.  Dr. Smith has recently posted two cases here, and here discussing this. First, let's review the 12 lead of a typical RBBB. When learning […]

63 Year Old Male: "Dental Pain" — Discussion

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This is the discussion to "63 year old male: "Dental Pain". You may wish to review the case. For starters, i think we all agree that the patient, with his signs and symptoms, needs to be transported. We have all had patients like this who don't want to go, even though we know they should. […]

64 year old female CC: Trouble Breathing – Conclusion

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Lots of great comments and it was good to see the depth of discussion on the appropriate treatment and transport for this patient! This is the conclusion to 64 year old female CC: Trouble Breathing. When we left off our crew was attending to an elderly female patient in respiratory extremis. Pulmonary edema was present […]

Excessive discordance as a marker of acute STEMI in LBBB

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Positively deflected QRS complexes can be expected to show ST-depression and inverted T-waves.

80 year old male CC: Chest pain

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Here’s a case submitted by a faithful reader who wishes to remain anonymous. It’s a great case and destined to be one of my favorites! EMS is called to evaluate a 80 year old male patient with a chief complaint of chest pain. On arrival the patient is found sitting on his living room couch. […]

78 year old male with chest pain and wide complex rhythm

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EMS is called to the residence of a 78 year old male. It’s the middle of the night. The patient’s spouse meets you at the front door and brings you back to the bedroom. The patient is sitting on the edge of his bed. He is highly anxious and complaining of chest discomfort and palpitations. […]

58 year old female CC: Chest pain – Conclusion

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Here’s the conclusion to the 58 year old female with chest pain and left bundle branch block. To refresh your memory here is the 12-lead ECG. And for those of you who requested lead V4R. This ECG meets all 3 of Sgarbossa’s criteria to identify acute STEMI in the presence of left bundle branch block. Keep […]

94 year old female CC: Chest Pain

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Here is an interesting case submitted by Billy Eskridge. EMS is called to an assisted living facility to evaluate a 94 year old female complaining of chest pain. History of present illness: Approximately 1 hour prior to EMS arrival, the patient had complained of a headache. A nurse gave the patient a Lortab. About 15 […]