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Richard J Hamilton, Vadim Keyfes, Sahil S Banka
BACKGROUND: Synthetic cannabinoids (SC) are recreational designer drugs intended to mimic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol while surreptitiously circumventing classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration. CASE REPORT: A 50-year-old black male arrived in the Emergency Department transported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for altered mental status after complaining of chest pain associated with smoking SCs. EMS found the patient with an empty foil pack labeled "Scooby Snax Limited Edition Blueberry Potpourri...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Gerard Pasterkamp, Hester M den Ruijter, Peter Libby
The concept of the 'vulnerable plaque' originated from pathological observations in patients who died from acute coronary syndrome. This recognition spawned a generation of research that led to greater understanding of how complicated atherosclerotic plaques form and precipitate thrombotic events. In current practice, an increasing number of patients who survive their first event present with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) rather than myocardial infarction (MI) with ST-segment elevation (STEMI)...
October 20, 2016: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
Tomoyuki Tobushi, Soichiro Kashihara, Toshiaki Kadokami
Some acute complications are known during permanent pacemaker implantation such as pneumothorax, lead perforation, lead dislodgement, and hemorrhage. ST-segment elevation in electrocardiogram during implantation is rare, but it might indicate critical complication like myocardial ischemia or ventricular perforation. Physicians should pay attention about ST-segment change during pacemaker implantation.
October 2016: Clinical Case Reports
Jyh-Ming Jimmy Juang, Minoru Horie
In 1992, the Brugada syndrome (BrS) was recognized as a disease responsible for sudden cardiac death, characterized by a right bundle-branch block with ST segment elevation in the leads V1 and V2. This syndrome is highly associated with sudden cardiac death, especially in young males. BrS is currently diagnosed in patients with ST-segment elevation showing type 1 morphology ≥ 2 mm in ≥1 leads among the right precordial leads V1 or V2 positioned in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th intercostal space, and occurring either spontaneously or after a provocative drug test by the intravenous administration of Class I antiarrhythmic drugs...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Afsin Emre Kayipmaz, Orcun Ciftci, Cemil Kavalci, Emir Karacaglar, Haldun Muderrisoglu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to explore the ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) management practices of emergency medicine specialists working in various healthcare institutions of seven different geographical regions of Turkey, and to examine the characteristics of STEMI presentation and patient admissions in these regions. METHODS: We included 225 emergency medicine specialists working in all geographical regions of Turkey. We e-mailed them a 20-item questionnaire comprising questions related to their STEMI management practices and characteristics of STEMI presentation and patient admissions...
2016: PloS One
Giacomo Veronese, Federico Germini, Stella Ingrassia, Ombretta Cutuli, Valeria Donati, Luca Bonacchini, Maura Marcucci, Andrea Fabbri
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation is widely performed by emergency physicians. We aimed to determine the accuracy of interpretation of potential ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) ECGs by emergency physicians. METHODS: Thirty-six ECGs resulted in putative STEMI diagnoses were selected. Participants were asked to focus on whether or not the ECG in question met the diagnostic criteria for an acutely blocked coronary artery causing a STEMI...
October 19, 2016: Acute Cardiac Care
Saeed Alipour Parsa, Isa Khaheshi, Mehdi Memaryan, Mohammadreza Naderian
To present an unusual case in order to clarify one of the most important differential diagnoses of ST-elevation myocardial infarction in a postmenopausal woman. A 72-year-old woman with asthma attack and retrosternal chest pain was presented to our emergency unit. She had used albuterol spray ten-times before admission due to accentuated dyspnea. Initial ECG revealed ST-segment elevation in leads V1-V6, I and aVL. Emergent coronary angiography indicated normal coronary arteries, and left ventriculography showed significant akinesia of apical segments...
October 19, 2016: Future Cardiology
Oruganti Sai Satish, K Sashikanth Srivastav
Till recently, ST segment elevation in the absence of conduction abnormalities or chest pain occurring particularly in young bradycardia individuals has been considered a normal variant called early repolarisation (ER). However, recent studies suggest a more worrisome picture as patients with history of idiopathic ventricular fibrillation showed increased prevalence of ER in ECG. ER is an ECG pattern characterised by elevation of the QRS-ST junction (J point) ≥ 2 mv from baseline in the inferior (II, III, aVF) or lateral (I, aVL, V4-V6) leads manifested as QRS slurring or notching...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Raffaele Piccolo, Gennaro Galasso, Ingo Eitel, Alberto Dominguez-Rodriguez, Allan Zeeberg Iversen, Youlan L Gu, Pedro Abreu-Gonzalez, Bart J G L de Smet, Giovanni Esposito, Stephan Windecker, Holger Thiele, Federico Piscione
Cigarette smokers with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) may present different response to potent antithrombotic therapy compared to nonsmokers. We assessed the impact of smoking status and intracoronary abciximab in patients with STEMI undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We pooled data from 5 randomized trials comparing intracoronary versus intravenous abciximab bolus in patients undergoing primary PCI. The primary end point was the composite of death or reinfarction at a mean follow-up of 292 ± 138 days...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Waldemar Elikowski, Małgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Bartosz Kudliński, Paweł Skrzywanek, Sławomir Smól, Stanisław Rzymski
In typical takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) apical transient left ventricular dysfunction with concomitant ECG changes mimicking acute anterior myocardial infarction can be observed. Reverse TC (RTC) characterized by contractile disturbances in all basal and often simultaneous mid-ventricular segments is definitely less frequent. ECG pattern of RTC is less known. The authors present ECG findings in 5 cases of RTC in course of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH); 3 patients were diagnosed with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and the other two with intracerebral hemorrhage or subdural posttraumatic hematoma...
September 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Ching-Hui Huang, Chen-Ling Kuo, Ching-Shan Huang, Wan-Min Tseng, Ie Bin Lian, Chia-Chu Chang, Chin-San Liu
Exogenous administration of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been shown in experimental models to have a protective effect against ischemia-reperfusion injury. However, it is unclear whether follow-up plasma CoQ10 concentration is prognostic of left ventricular (LV) performance after primary balloon angioplasty in patients with acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).We prospectively recruited 55 patients with STEMI who were treated with primary coronary balloon angioplasty. Plasma CoQ10 concentrations were measured before primary angioplasty (baseline) and 3 days, 7 days, and 1 month after STEMI using high-performance liquid chromatography...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Eric L Vu, Craig G Rusin, Dan J Penny, Kathy K Kibler, Ronald Blaine Easley, Brendan Smith, Dean Andropoulos, Ken Brady
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated ST-segment monitoring to detect clinical decompensation in infants with single ventricle anatomy. We proposed a signal processing algorithm for ST-segment instability and hypothesized that instability is associated with cardiopulmonary arrests. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: Tertiary children's hospital 21-bed cardiovascular ICU and 36-bed step-down unit. PATIENTS: Twenty single ventricle infants who received stage 1 palliation surgery between January 2013 and January 2014...
October 13, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Chong-Jin Kim
With several lines of evidence, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are recommended in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction or heart failure after myocardial infarction, and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are indicated in patients who are intolerant of ACE inhibitors. Up to 20% of patients cannot tolerate ACE inhibitors due to adverse reactions such as cough or angioedema, ARBs could be an alternative to ACE inhibitors. However, there is lack of data whether ARBs are comparable to ACE inhibitors in patients with myocardial infarction...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Injune Park, Youn Jung Kim, Shin Ahn, Chang Hwan Sohn, Dong Woo Seo, Won Young Kim
Electrocardiogram changes in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) have been described as ST-T changes that mimic acute coronary syndrome and even acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Elevation of cardiac enzymes and abnormality of regional myocardial wall motion have been reported frequently for SAH. We report a case of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivor with high suspicion of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction based on the electrocardiogram and bedside echocardiography, who had normal coronary arteries on emergent coronary angiography...
December 2015: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Kristi Reynolds, Alan S Go, Thomas K Leong, Denise M Boudreau, Andrea E Cassidy-Bushrow, Stephen P Fortmann, Robert J Goldberg, Jerry H Gurwitz, David J Magid, Karen L Margolis, Catherine J McNeal, Katherine M Newton, Rachel Novotny, Charles P Quesenberry, Wayne D Rosamond, David H Smith, Jeffrey J VanWormer, Suma Vupputuri, Stephen C Waring, Marc S Williams, Stephen Sidney
BACKGROUND: Monitoring trends in cardiovascular events can provide key insights into the effectiveness of prevention efforts. Leveraging data from electronic health records provides a unique opportunity to examine contemporary, community-based trends in acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations. METHODS: We examined trends in hospitalized acute myocardial infarction incidence among adults aged ≥25 years in 13 U.S. health plans in the Cardiovascular Research Network...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Tiffany Healey, Clifford Buckley, Matthew Mollman
BACKGROUND: Brugada syndrome is a genetic disorder that increases an individual's risk for sudden cardiac death and ventricular dysrhythmias that was first described by the Brugada brothers in 1992. Brugada syndrome is characterized by an atypical electrocardiogram pattern that includes a bundle branch block and ST-segment elevation in the precordial leads. CASE REPORT: A 74-year-old man had a cardiac arrest at the time of a low-speed motor vehicle collision. When emergency medical services arrived, the patient was in torsades de pointes...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Filiz Kizilirmak, Gultekin Gunhan Demir, Beytullah Cakal, Hüseyin Saffet Bekoz, Fatih Erkam Olgun
Evans syndrome (ES) is a rare hematological disease characterized by autoimmune hemolytic anemia, immune thrombocytopenia, and/or neutropenia, all of which may be seen simultaneously or subsequently. Thrombotic events in ES are uncommon. Furthermore, non-ST segment-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) during ES is a very rare condition. Here, we describe a case of a 69-year-old female patient presenting with NSTEMI and ES. Revascularization via percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was scheduled and performed...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
B Sunil Abhishek, Sai C Vijay, V Avanthi, B Kumar
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular disorders are the major cause of mortality and morbidity globally as well as in India. In India, where resources are limited and majority of patients pay out of their own pocket, thrombolysis is still done for majority of STEMI cases. CASE SCENARIO: A 48-year-old male patient, nonhypertensive and nondiabetic, came to the ER with history of retrosternal chest pain suggestive of angina at rest. An Electrocardiogram (ECG) revealed ST-segment elevation in the anterior leads...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Agnieszka Wsol, Wioletta Wydra, Marek Chmielewski, Andrzej Swiatowiec, Marek Kuch
BACKGROUND: A retrospective study was designed to investigate P-wave duration changes in exercise stress (EST) test for the prediction of angiographically documented substantial coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We analyzed 265 cases of patients, who underwent EST and subsequently coronary angiography. Analysis of P-wave duration was performed in leads II, V5 at rest, and in the recovery period. RESULTS: The sensitivity and specificity for the isolated ST-segment depression were only 31% and 76%, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Ana Blasco, Carmen Bellas, Leyre Goicolea, Ana Muñiz, Víctor Abraira, Ana Royuela, Susana Mingo, Juan Francisco Oteo, Arturo García-Touchard, Francisco Javier Goicolea
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Thrombus aspiration allows analysis of intracoronary material in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Our objective was to characterize this material by immunohistology and to study its possible association with patient progress. METHODS: This study analyzed a prospective cohort of 142 patients undergoing primary angioplasty with positive coronary aspiration. Histological examination of aspirated samples included immunohistochemistry stains for the detection of plaque fragments...
October 10, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
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