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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 […]

65 year old male CC: Fall with injury – Conclusion

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This is the conclusion to 65 year old male CC: Fall with injury. You may wish to review the history and clinical presentation. When we left off the patient was in severe heart failure with the following 12-lead ECG. As we have mentioned before on several occasions, the most important thing when treating a patient […]

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 […]

29 year old female: Unresponsive – Conclusion

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This is the conclusion to 29 year old female: Unresponsive. To recap, our patient overdosed on an unknown quantity of unknown medications. She is hypotensive and firefighters are maintaining her airway with an OPA and assisting ventilations with a BVM. She has a history of suicide attempts and was found down in her grandmother's home, […]

88 year old female CC: Chest pain – Conclusion

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This is the conclusion to 88 year old male CC: Chest pain. Let's take another look at the 12-lead ECG. This ECG shows acute STEMI in the presence of left bundle branch block. It's also an excellent example of the value of using "excessive discordance" to identify acute STEMI in the presence of left bundle […]

An unusual case of left bundle branch block – Discussion

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It turns out this patient was experiencing a STEMI.

An unusual case of left bundle branch block (60 year old male CC: Shortness of breath)

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Here’s a really interesting case submission from David Baumrind. EMS is called out in a rain storm to evaluate a 60 year old male with a chief complaint of shortness of breath.

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. […]

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jason
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
I'm with Dave Eastman on this. I think it's hyper K+ and will treat as such. But I'll do that will I head to the PCI capable facility. Do I think there is an underlying STEMI? Nope, I sure don't. Do I know the computer has a hard time with false positives? yup. Am I…
2014-09-28 22:15:54
Rodrigo Furtado
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
I did forget, is it possible pacer is placed??? sorry that went right over my head.
2014-09-28 20:38:19
Rodrigo Furtado
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
1) Change to every lead? STEMI is questionable on my Dx # 6 on a list of 5. IF my recall on this, IF a Global presentation of ST change with QRS Change: a) STEMI is extremely unlikely or NOT STEMI b) start looking for mechanical problems ( tamponade) or chemical/ electrical (electrolyte imbalance or…
2014-09-28 20:34:36
Dave Eastman
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
My first thought was hyperkalemia. If the pt is stable, begin with Ca++ & bicarb. Consider albuterol. Serial 12-leads. Start toward PCI capable facility. If it is hyperkalemia, initial treatment should begin to improve pt's condition and there is no harm caused from the increased transport time. If there is an underlying MI as well,…
2014-09-28 18:05:12
Lisa
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
Cath lab
2014-09-28 17:29:51

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