ECG Challenge: Just a little depression
EMS is called to a 66 year old male complaining of chest pain. On arrival the patient is found sitting in a chair outside his residence. He had apparently been gardening when he became acutely ill.
By Tom Bouthillet
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This month we're trying something a little different and withholding the computerized interpretation until the solution is posted.
EMS is called to a 66-year-old male complaining of chest pain.
On arrival the patient is found sitting in a chair outside his residence. He had apparently been gardening when he became acutely ill.
Onset: 30 minutes prior to EMS arrival
Provoke: Nothing makes the pain better or worse
Quality: "Crushing pressure"
Radiate: The pain does not radiate
Time: He admits to having an episode of chest pain 1 week ago "but not like this"
Past medical history: HTN, high cholesterol, cholecystitis
Medications: ASA, lisinopril, rosuvastatin
Skin is cool, pale and diaphoretic.
Breath sounds are clear bilaterally.
The patient denies shortness of breath but admits to nausea. He has not vomited.
Vital signs are assessed.
SpO2: 98 on RA
The patient is placed on the cardiac monitor.
A 12-lead ECG is captured with the following computer measurements.
P-QRS-T: 37 -49 177
What do you think of this 12-lead ECG?
Would you call a STEMI Alert based on this 12-lead ECG? Why or why not?
How would you treat this patient?