Tag Archives: identifying STEMI in the presence of LBBB

2013 STEMI Guidelines: EMS is Accountable

On Monday, the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association released the 2013 Guidelines for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction. Their last updates to these guidelines were in 2004 and 2006, so this is an important milestone. If you have been following our blog and podcast, most of the changes will […]

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 […]

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 […]

"New" LBBB – What's the big deal?

In the January 2010 EMCast at EMedHome.com, Amal Mattu MD reviews Chang AM, Shofer FS, Tabas JA, et al. Lack of association between left bundle-branch block and acute myocardial infarction in symptomatic ED patients. Am J Emerg Med 2009;27:916-921. His comments confirm what I have suspected for a long time with regard to LBBB 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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