Tag Archives: STEMI mimics

STEMI Mimics and STEMI Equivalents

Here’s my presentation from the VA EMS Symposium on 11/08/2013. STEMI Equivalents and STEMI Mimics from Tom Bouthillet

The early repolarization experiment

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Any paramedic who has studied the STEMI mimics has heard of the classic benign early repolarization pattern of a "fish-hooked" J-point with upwardly concave (smiley-faced) ST-segment, often best appreciated in lead V4. But, as the excellent work of Stephen Smith, M.D. demonstrates, not all cases of early repolarization present this way, and it can often […]

Discussion for 51 Year Old Male: Chest Pain

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Here is the conclusion to 51 year old male: Chest Pain. You may wish to review the case. Here is the ECG again:   There is a regular sinus rhythm at a rate of about 70. The QRS is narrow. The axis is normal, at about 15 degrees. Let's take a look at the constellation […]

Elderly Female: Chest Pain-Discussion

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This is the discussion for Elderly Female: Chest Pain. You may wish to review the case. Ok, this was not an obvious case, at least, not until the end.  As far as the patient goes, I think we all agree about the differentials: ACS vs. possible aortic dissection (due to the pain radiating to her […]

47 year old female CC: Chest pain – Discussion

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Thanks for all the comments! I’m not allowed to blog while I’m on duty (the policy has nothing to do with me personally) so if it seems like I’m not responding, I’m probably just at work. The paramedic who submitted this case has requested the follow-up information from his supervisor, but unfortunately she’s out-of-town for […]

41 year old male CC: Chest pain – Answer

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Thank you for all of the excellent comments on this case! I was delighted to see such a high level dialog when I checked my blog this morning. Normally I would to answer each of you individually, but since there are 22 comments (so far) I thought I would try a different strategy and post […]

41 year old male CC: Chest pain

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A 41 year old male is pulled over during morning rush-hour by sheriff’s deputies. He states that he is on his way to the hospital because he is having chest pain. EMS is called to the scene. The patient is awake, alert, and oriented to person, place, time, and event. His skin is pink, warm, […]

PowerPoint Presentation on Strain Patterns!

This is an awesome PowerPoint presentation from one of my favorite ECG textbooks, 12-Lead ECG – The Art of Interpretation. You owe it to yourself to purchase this book (and no, they don’t pay me to say that). Make sure you use “full screen” so you can see all of the features of this important […]

Left ventricular hypertrophy – Part II

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I know I promised to go over the voltage criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) but I lied! If you’re really interested you can check out the Wikipedia article HERE, the ECG Learning Center HERE, or Tom Evans’ crib sheet HERE. Personally? I think it’s a distraction. As far as STEMI recognition goes, it misses […]

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 […]

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Anthony Garlick
68 y.o. male with weakness: “Treat the monitor, not the patient?”
So my working clinical impression would be hypoglycaemia with possibly dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance. Reasoning for this is that the patient frusemide and metolazone are both diuretics are known to cause these problems. ECG does have a wide and bazar QRS complex with ? ? AV disassociation plus what looks to be peaked T…
2014-09-30 22:22:35
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

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