Archive for category: ECG

R.E.B.E.L. ECG of the Week #1

08 Nov
November 8, 2013

68 year old hispanic female with a chief complaint of weakness/syncope.  PMH of type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension.  She was brought in via EMS due to the family calling 911 as she had an episode of syncope while at the dinner table.  At the time of arrival: VS: 96/48   43     18 […]

Bundle Branch Blocks: 101

01 Nov
November 1, 2013

Recently, I have been asked by several students at my home institution (UTHSC at San Antonio) to help them understand bundle branch blocks.  This is different than some of my usual posts because it is meant to be more educational than evidence based.  So here we go.  The normal conduction system of the healthy heart […]

The Importance of Reciprocal Changes in aVL

01 Nov
November 1, 2013

ECG interpretation is one of the most important skills to master as an emergency  physician, and its interpretation can be very complex and frustrating. ECG manifestations can be very subtle, and sometimes the earliest and only ECG change seen will be reciprocal changes alone. To further complicate this, many patients have the atypical symptoms of […]

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