An 82-Year-Old Man with Palpitations

An 82-year-old man presents with complaints of palpitations. He denies chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fever, vomiting, or confusion. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented Lungs: CTAB Cardiovascular: Regular and tachycardic without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and nontender without rigidity, rebound, or guarding View the ECG and consider what the diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is described on the next page.

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A 26-Year-Old Man with Palpitations

A 26-Year-Old Man with Palpitations

The patient is a 26-year-old man who presents after 3 days of palpitations. He denies any chest pain, shortness of breath, diaphoresis, fever, or dizziness. He does use home oxygen (2 L/min), but denies any new shortness of breath. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented X 3 Lungs: Clear to auscultation bilaterally Cardiovascular: Regular and tachycardic without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and nontender without rigidity, rebound, or guarding Extremities: No pain …

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Acute Occlusion of the Abdominal Aorta in a Patient with Severe Peripheral Vascular Disease and Untreated Atrial Fibrillation

Acute Occlusion of the Abdominal Aorta in a Patient with Severe Peripheral Vascular Disease and Untreated Atrial Fibrillation

Urgent message: Acute aortic obstruction should be suspected in all patients with back pain and a history of peripheral vascular disease and atrial fibrillation, as over 50% of these cases are misdiagnosed, resulting in high mortality rates in affected patients.  Kristopher Palmer, DO and JM Alderson, DO Introduction Aortic occlusion is a rare but potentially fatal vascular phenomenon that must be considered in all patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) complaining of severe pain. Here, …

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Clinical Challenge 2: October 2017

Clinical Challenge 2: October 2017

A 42-year-old woman with a history of anxiety presents, complaining of intermittent palpitations over the past 2 weeks. She says she has not taken any medication and denies chest pain, shortness of breath, diaphoresis, fever, or dizziness. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented X 3 Lungs: Clear to auscultation bilaterally Cardiovascular: Regular and tachycardic without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and nontender without rigidity, rebound, or guarding Extremities: No pain or swelling, …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care: December, 2010

Nahum Kovalski, BSc, MDCM Each month, Dr. Nahum Kovalski reviews a handful of abstracts from, or relevant to, urgent care practices and practitioners. For the full reports, go to the source cited under each title. New Guidelines for Prevention of Stroke in Patients with Stoke or TIA Key point: New, evidence-based recommendations aim at reducing risk of ischemic stroke in patients who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack. Citation: Furie KL, Kasner SE, …

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