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Step 1 or the basics 

Basics:

 

ABCs & IV, Oxygen, Cardiac Monitor

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step 2 in the 6 step approach 

Patient Assessment

 

Stable or Unstable?

  • Interpretation based on a spectrum
  • ALOC, ↓BP, CP, pulmonary edema

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step 3 

--> Regular or Irregular EKG 

  • Irregular
  • Issue that happens above the ventricles (atrium/AV node issue)
  • NOT VTach (usually regular)
  • Block AV Node

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Step 4

fast or slow 

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step 5

indentify complexes

 

Are P wave present?

 Indicates sinus rhythm/normal axis -->  DO NOT DEFIBRILLATE!

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step 6

Complex Distance --> Narrow or Wide?

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what is the ddx of Narrow, Regular, No P waves

PSVT

Atrial flutter

WPW

Narrow complex VT

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two types of WPW

orthodromic=narrow

orthodromic=wide

 

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AV node can not go faster than 

 

if it does you have to assume there is ___

200-220 

 

if it goes higher than that it is because there is an accessory pathway 

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A flutter is what type of issue

macrocircuit 

 

  • global re-entry; different foci; circular

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WPW is due to 

  • d/t accessory pathway – P wave buried QRS; Delta wave
    • Drives the rate really high

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what are some vagal maneuvers

  • Vagal maneuvers --> have them blow on a syringe while they are sitting up and then drop their head back

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medication for – Narrow, Regular, No P waves

  •  AV Nodal blockers: Adenosine (PSVT), CCB, -Blocker
    • Block AV node b/c it is receiving too much stimulation
  •  Cardioversion – synchronized
    • Delivers right after the R complex
    • Used for Vtach or Vfib

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if someone is unstable with narrow regular no P waves can you consider adenosine 

  • UNSTABLE
  •  Can consider Adenosine but…
  •  Cardioversion start at 50J and 2x every time

adenosine feels like DYING

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if you give adenosine to somone with A flutter 

works on the AV node for a short period of time. need to use a longer agent 

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Narrow, Irregular, No P waves DDX

A-fib

A-flutter w/ variable block

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what is the cause of AFIB 

: increased automaticity within the atria

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Tx of A fib -chronic (stable)

nodel blocker agent 

  • CBB -->Diltiazem 5-10mg IVP slow. If tolerated can 2x it. Up to 60mg in 30 min
  • Beta Blockers
  • Digoxin ....Old Drug

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Tx of chornic unstable A fib

  • Rapid Cardioversion: Start high! Sync! b/c chronic A-fib pts are electrically stable??
  • Support Blood Pressure: Pressers b/c if you do not perfuse brain/heart -->ALOC + harder to shock
    • ​this is just a measure so thta you can cardiovert 
  • Slow down heart: drips not IV Push – do not give elderly of CCB/BB
    • Infuse it--> can bottom out BP and lead to cardiac arrest 
    • will have to push higher dose of dilt in a bigger pt
  • Magnesium if drip does not work (caution: vasodilator)
  • Repeat Cardioversion
  • Other considerations: Is it really A-Fib? TREAT UNDERLYING CAUSE 
    • ​sepsis?
    • necrotizing fascitis? 
    • is there something causing low blood pressure 

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what is dilt and what does it do 

By blocking calcium, diltiazem relaxes and widens blood vessels and can normalize heart rates. Diltiazem injection is used to treat irregular heartbeats

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New Onset = Rhythm Conversion Tx

  • Clear Hx with in 48 hours
  • No structural heart dz
  • Age not a C/I
    • Caution Elderly - don’t ruse often p/w vague sxs
  • Chemical cardioversion: Procainamide: 1g over 1 hour --> Electrical cardioversion: Biphasic 200J --> D/C home without meds
    • If procainamide doesn’t work, then do electrical cardioversion
  • this all really depends on how connected they are to care (may need to schedule a follow up

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magnesium is a vasodilator or vasoconstrictor 

vasodilator 

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Wide, Regular, No P waves (If wide, signal coming from ventricles)-ddx

Vtach*******

SVT with abberancy (bb block)

antidromic WPW

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cause of Vtach, SVT with BBblock, and Antidromic WPW

circuit re-entry in the ventricles

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how do you know WPW

shortened PR interval with delta wave

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if your Vtach is unstable 

cardioversion 

 

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why would you consider adenosine in a wide regular without p 

SVT with abberancy 

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why do you want to exercise caution when administering adenosine to a wide irregular no p

  • Careful when giving adenosine to WPW (conduction can reverse)

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why do you admit after seeing a pt with VTACH 

ADMIT 

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Wide, Irregular, No P waves

  • A-fib w/ BBB
  • A-fib w/ WPW
  • A-flutter w/ variable block & BBB
  • Polymophic VT = Torsades