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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 […]

85 year old female CC: Respiratory distress – Discussion

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This is the follow-up and discussion for 85 year old female CC: Respiratory distress. As usual, thank you for all the insightful comments! The case demonstrates some very important points not the least of which is that the differential diagnosis of shortness of breath can be difficult, even for emergency physicians who have access to […]

80 year old male CC: Chest pain – Conclusion

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This is Part II of the conclusion to 80 year old male CC: Chest pain. For Part I see Excessive discordance as a marker of acute STEMI in LBBB. First, let's take another look at the initial 12-lead ECG. The first thing that catches my eye in this ECG is the strange morphology of the ST-segments […]

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. […]

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. […]

58 year old female CC: Chest pain

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Here’s another case study from an international reader who wishes to remain anonymous. Presenting Complaint – Chest Pain History of Present Complaint – 58 year old female, nil cardiac history, mild smoker, social drinker and overweight. Complaining of acute central chest pain @ rest. Awoken by pain. On Arrival – Sat upright on settee (Editor’s […]

62 year old male CC: Chest pain

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62 year old male presents to the emergency department complaining of chest discomfort. Past medical history is significant for dyslipidemia and ulcerative colitis. Also prior history of significant tobacco use. Maternal history of CAD. Maternal and paternal history of CVA. The patient’s only medication is Lipitor but he took an aspinin en route to the […]

Discordant ST-Segment Elevation in LBBB or Paced Rhythm

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If you’ve been following the Prehospital 12-Lead ECG blog for a while, you know that I’m advocate of using Sgarbossa’s criteria to help identify acute STEMI in the presence of left bundle branch block (LBBB) or paced rhythm. According the Sgarbossa’s original criteria, 5 mm of discordant ST-segment elevation is required to identify AMI in […]

Sgarbossa's Criteria – New Graphic

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Here is a graphic I created to help explain Sgarbossa’s criteria for identifying acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the presence of left bundle branch block (LBBB) or paced rhythm. In a previous article I showed this graphic which was created using PowerPoint. Here is a similar graphic I created this morning by cropping actual ECGs […]

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Stephen Smith
Conclusion: “And then I gave her a NTG…”
There is also no data I'm aware of that shows that, in the reperfusion era, nitroglycerine helps patients with STEMI who do not have elevated BP or pulmonary edema. Data is lacking in all regards.
2014-10-24 16:14:36
Kevin
44 year old male CC: Palpitations
Why on earth would you risk VF, by giving Adenosine to rule out rhythms.. This is dangerous, and foolish. There might be a slight chance that this is WPW.. You might as well just give him Cardizem, they are both AV nodal blockers... I don't know why the AHA even added this stupid idea..
2014-10-22 13:31:06
Vince DiGiulio
The 360 Degree Heart – Part II
It is standard practice in electrocardiography to label the first 90 degrees counter-clockwise from "zero" that way. When you see a patient with "left axis deviation" you'll see that their measured QRS axis is somewhere between -30 and -90 degrees. Imagine if you saw someone with a mean QRS axis at 5 degrees. Now imagine…
2014-10-21 14:00:37
Bryan
The 360 Degree Heart – Part II
I don't understand why (-)III and aVL are be labeled -60 and -30 degrees instead of 300 and 330 degrees?
2014-10-21 13:43:29
The 360 Degree Heart – Part II | EMS 12 Lead
The 360 Degree Heart – Part I
[…] first post in our “360 Degree Heart” series attempted to visualize how the different frontal plane […]
2014-10-21 12:50:56

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