Mirror on the wall

Can you interpret these ECGs?


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Here's a great case submitted by a faithful reader named Joshua Nackenson, NREMT-P from New York (@MedicJosh on Twitter). Some changes have been made to preserve patient confidentiality.

EMS is called to the residence of a 68-year-old female with chest pain.

On arrival the patient is found lying in a left lateral recumbent position in the hallway outside the bedroom.

Fire department first responders are on scene and have already applied oxygen via NRB @ 15 LPM.

The patient appears acutely ill.

Skin is warm but pale and diaphoretic.

Past medical history: Hypertension, MI with stents x2 years ago
Medications: Not available at the time of assessment

The patient confirms that she is having severe chest pain.

Onset: Sudden onset while watching TV
Provoke: Nothing makes the pain better or worse
Quality: Poorly localized pressure in the center of the chest
Radiate: The pain does not radiate
Severity: 7/10
Time: 30 minutes duration with no previous episodes

Vital signs are assessed.

RR: 20
Pulse: 140 and irregular
BP: 82/42
SpO2: 100 on O2 via NRB @ 15 LPM

Breath sounds: clear bilaterally

No jugular venous distension or pitting edema is noted.

The cardiac monitor is attached.


A 12-lead ECG is captured..



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