A 73-Year-Old Man with a 2-Week History of Palpitations

A 73-Year-Old Man with a 2-Week History of Palpitations

Case The patient is a 73-year-old male smoker who complains that he has had intermittent palpitations for the past 2 weeks. He denies chest pain, diaphoresis, fever, or dizziness. He uses home oxygen, 2 L/min, but denies any new shortness of breath. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented x 3 Lungs: Scattered minimal wheezing, which is symmetric Cardiovascular: Regular and tachycardic without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and nontender without rigidity, rebound, …

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A 62-Year-Old Woman with Dizziness and Palpitations

A 62-Year-Old Woman with Dizziness and Palpitations

Case The patient is a 62-year-old woman who presents to the urgent care center after 1 hour of intermittent dizziness and feeling of palpitations. She has no chest pain, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Further history reveals that she has a history of anxiety, which is manifested by intermittent feeling of heart “palpitations.” Her primary care doctor is treating her with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) for anxiety. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and …

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The Dizzy Patient in the Urgent Care Setting

The Dizzy Patient in the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: “Dizziness” can prove to be one of the more vexing complaints encountered in urgent care. To provide appropriate care, the clinician must understand whether the patient is experiencing near-syncope, disequilibrium, ill-defined light-headedness, or vertigo. Martin Samuels, MD, DSc (hon), FAAN, MACP The problem of dizziness can be one of the most exasperating in the practice of medicine. Physicians all know that sinking feeling elicited by the patient who sits down and, when one …

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