ECG Cases 11: LBBB + Occlusion MI

In ECG Cases 11 - LBBB + Occlusion MI Jesse McLaren runs through 5 patients who present with potentially ischemic symptoms and LBBB and explains the evolution of decision making for cath lab activation criteria. The two most important points are that we should always use the Smith-modified Sgarbossa Criteria to identify occlusion MI in the patient with ischemic symptoms and LBBB, whether old or new, and that those with refractory ischemia and hemodynamic instability from suspected occlusion MI require cath lab activation regardless of the ECG....

ECG Cases 8 Cardiovascular Emergencies During The COVID-19 Pandemic

In this ECG Cases blog we look at 6 patients who presented with cardiorespiratory symptoms, possibly from COVID and illustrate the dangers of anchoring, being hypervigilant for cardiovascular complications, and why testing for COVID in patients being admitted for ACS is important...

By |2020-04-14T21:50:57-04:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, ECG Cases|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Journal Jam 16 Heparin for ACS and STEMI

Does heparin - LMWH or unfractionated heparin - benefit the patient with a pretty good story for angina with a bump in their troponin and some ST depression in the lateral leads? We’re expected to routinely give heparin for all these NSTEMI and unstable angina patients with any ischemic changes seen on the ECG, right? And for STEMI too. But should we?....

By |2020-01-28T14:40:59-05:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: Cardiology, EM Cases, Emergency Medicine, Journal Jam, Medical Specialty|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

ECG Cases 4: Lateral STEMI or Occlusion MI?

In this ECG Cases blog we look at seven patients with potentially ischemic symptoms and subtle ECG changes in the lateral leads. Which had acute coronary occlusion?  Introducing the concept of Occlusion MI - a paradigm shift in ECG diagnosis of MI...

By |2019-12-16T17:25:04-05:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Cardiology, ECG Cases, Emergency Medicine, Medical Specialty|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

ECG Cases 3: Can you find the subtle inferior MI?

In this ECG Cases blog we look at 8 patients with potentially ischemic symptoms, to highlight pearls and pitfalls of inferior MI. Can you identify which ones had acute coronary occlusion?...

ECG Cases 1: Missed Ischemia – Never Trust the ECG Computer Interpretation

In EM Cases' first ECG Cases blog we review 7 examples of ECGs of patients presenting to the ED with chest pain, who's ECG were read as normal by the computer. And guess what...they all show acute ischemia!

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