Weekly Workout June 24, 2024
Subtle ECG Changes and Diagnostic Challenges

A 70-year-old male presents to the emergency department with acute chest pain that sounds ischemic in nature. The following baseline ECG, arrival ECG, and repeat ECGs are obtained:

Weekly Workout June 17, 2024
Shock first and ask questions later?

An elderly woman with a past medical history of hypertension, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease presents to the ED with hip pain after a fall. Her blood pressure and mental status…

Weekly Workout January 22, 2024
2024 EMS Cases Part I

A 64-year-old man is being brought in by EMS for chest pain and shortness of breath. The following EMS ECG is obtained:

Weekly Workout April 10, 2023
Wide Complex Tachycardias: distinguishing malignant arrhythmias from their mimics

A 65-year-old woman with PMHx of Parkinson’s disease presents to the emergency department after an episode of syncope. She continues to feel unwell on arrival and appears diaphoretic, blood pressure…

Weekly Workout January 30, 2023
Rhythm interpretation: when to worry about cardiac rhythm strips

A 55-year-old woman with PMHx of CHF presents to an urgent care facility with shortness of breath, orthopnea, and weight gain after running out of her diuretics for the past…

Weekly Workout December 20, 2021
ECG Basics and Fundamentals: a condition that is commonly misdiagnosed at polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (PMVT), torsades de pointes, and ventricular fibrillation

A 55-year-old woman presents to the ED with mild to moderate COVID pneumonia. She reportedly had a syncopal episode while on a bed pan. The following rhythm strip was obtained…

Weekly Workout March 1, 2021
STAT ECG Diagnoses: getting rhythm strips right and knowing when acute intervention is needed

A 66-year-old man is transferred to the ED from an urgent care where he presented for shortness of breath and was diagnosed with heart failure. He was recently discharged s/p…

Weekly Workout May 3, 2020
ECG Basics & Fundamentals: how common is artifact?

A 72-year-old man presents to the ED with near-syncope. During his evaluation he has a 20-second run of the following rhythm captured on 12-lead ECG monitoring:

Weekly Workout June 25, 2018
A specific tachyarrhythmia with an excellent prognosis

A 79-year-old man presents to the ED with intermittent episodes of decreased level of consciousness. He is placed on continuous 12-lead cardiac monitoring during his evaluation and a monitor alarm…

Weekly Workout August 29, 2016
Rhythm Interpretation: the importance of patient assessment in managing malignant arrhythmias

A 74-year-old woman presents to the ED with shortness of breath. She has been taking azithromycin for cough. The following ECG is obtained:

Weekly Workout May 8, 2016
2016 ECG Competition Answers (Part 1/2)

This week we review the answers to the first 6 cases from the 4th annual UMEM Residency ECG Competition. Make sure to attempt to answer the questions before you watch the video!  Video…

Weekly Workout February 8, 2016
ECG findings in hypothermia

A 77-year-old male is brought into the ED after being found unconscious in his home. The following prehospital ECG was obtained and compared to an old normal ECG:

Weekly Workout January 25, 2016
STAT ECG Diagnoses: how would this prehospital rhythm strip change your management?

A 10-year-old male is transported to your ED for recurrent seizures. The following prehospital rhythm strip was obtained:

Weekly Workout September 7, 2015
Wide Complex Tachycardias: what is the difference between polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and torsades des pointes

A 13-month-old female is transferred to you for intermittent torsades/dysrhythmias from a community ED. She has been slightly lethargic and has a cardiac history of VSD, ASD, and a PDA…

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