5 Things you Must do when Patients Present with Syncope

Patients who present to the emergency department following a syncopal episode can be a diagnostic challenge to us. There are 5 things we should always do, to help us make the diagnosis. Before we start with the big 5, I need to make 3 general comments: Syncope is a symptom, not a condition. We need…

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Seizure, Syncope and Sudden Collapse

Associate Professor Peter Kas presents Seizure, Syncope and Sudden Collapse. The patient with syncope or presyncope becomes a challenge in the emergency setting. Although this diagnosis is reported to comprise 5% of emergency presentations, it seems like so much more than this. This lecture looks at the definition of syncope, which comprises three elements: a sudden…

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The ECG’s of Pulmonary Embolism

Let me start by saying that some pulmonary embolisms(PE)’s are obvious. In those, you don’t need pulmonary embolism ECG findings to make the diagnosis. I recently was shown an ECG and asked what the patient’s diagnosis was. I asked my colleague, what the patient presented with. He replied; “This is a 68 yo woman who…

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