STAT ECG Diagnoses: the most rapid killer in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)

ECG Weekly Workout with Dr. Amal Mattu


A 38-year-old male presents to the emergency department with intermittent chest pain for a few weeks. He has insulin dependent diabetes and a history of noncompliance with medications. He looks sick, and his finger stick glucose measurement reads “high”. The following ECG was obtained:

Before watching this week’s video, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What ECG abnormalities do you notice?
  2. What is the most likely cause of the ECG abnormalities?
  3. Would you activate the cath lab?