Category Archives: Cardiology

Hypertension Rocks! Zdoggmd returns to ercast to discuss the ins and outs of HTN

The lowdown on hypertension… HTN should be straightforward, so why is it confusing? Part of the problem is terminology. Shayne and Pitts got it right in 2003 when they made sense of classifying different hypertensive scenarios. What in the world do … Continue reading

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Flutter, Fib, and the mystery of ablation

Comments, Rants, Australian accent? Ercast google voice line 503-208-5680 Consult with electrophysiologist Randy Jones MD Is there a limit to the number of cardioversions a patient can have in a year?  -No limit -if a patient comes into the ED for … Continue reading

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A-Fib Unleashed!

Curbside consult with electrophysiologist Randy Jones MD about the fine points of atrial fibrillation managment. -Proper pad placement. -The difference between a-fib and a-flutter. -How much energy to use. -What to do when that nice sinus rhythm after cardioversion turns … Continue reading

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Pediatric Syncope

It’s usually nothing serious, but sometimes it can be a harbinger of sudden death. Ercast interviews Ray Moreno, MD about a rational approach to the pediatric patient who presents following a syncopal event. Here are a few of the links … Continue reading

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V Tach Storm

  What do you do when you get to the end of the ventricular tachycardia algorithm your patient is still in V-Tach. You are now off the map of ACLS and in the middle of a V Tach Storm. We … Continue reading

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Do cardiac risk factors matter?

It’s beaten into our heads that we need to ask, document and consider cardiac risk factors in the acute chest pain patient. And we do. Diligently. But do risk factors for chronic coronary artery disease play a role in helping … Continue reading

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Induced Hypothermia

Everything you need to know about the how and why to induce hypothermia in post cardiac arrest patients. We interview Dr. Scott Weingart and take a deep look into his soul to discover the platinum nugget of critical care emergency … Continue reading

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