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Just a paced rhythm… Or is it? Conclusion

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Ok, so I posted a 12 Lead ECG on Facebook this past Monday, June 2nd, 2014, which  generated some interesting comments and thoughts… EMS 12-Lead on Facebook: 67yom with Dyspnea and Diaphoresis  This ECG was obtained from a 67 year old male, complaining of difficulty breathing for the past 2 hours, and presented diaphoretic, with […]

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 […]

87 YOM COMPLAINING OF CHEST DISCOMFORT AND DYSPNEA

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 On a Sunday morning, your EMS unit is dispatched to a residence for an 87 year old male with difficulty 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 alert and oriented x 4 (person, place, time, […]

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 […]

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 […]

50 year old male CC: Chest pain – Discussion

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This is the discussion for 50 year old male CC: Chest pain. You may recall that the patient started experiencing chest pain during sexual intercourse. Many of you were appropriately concerned about the possible use of drugs for erectile dysfunction that would contraindicate nitroglycerin! Thanks for pointing that out. In this case the patient was […]

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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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
Eric Strong
Axis Determination – Part VI
This is a great discussion of axis determination. One minor suggestion: I think it's potentially misleading to refer to an axis between 0 and -30 as "physiologic left axis deviation", since "axis devitation" implies deviation from normal, and axes between 0 and -30 are perfectly normal, (depending on age and body habitus). It may be…
2014-10-05 17:09:00

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