Arrhythmia Grand Rounds, June 2015, Volume 1, Issue 2: 72-75
What Is the Rhythm?
Loma Linda University Medical Center and Olive View UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar, California, USA
56 year old male with 3 pack-per-day smoking history presents to the hospital in acute respiratory failure with hypoxemia and hypercapnea. He is intubated and admitted to the ICU. Within hours he goes through a variety of progressively more severe tachyarrhythmias. While he denies a history consistent with ischemic heart disease, his primary care physician told him that his ECG had revealed evidence of a prior myocardial infarction.
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