The problem isn’t that we forget to consider aortic dissection, but rather that we forget that aortic dissection has an uncommon presentation. Read this week's post on this chest pain "outlier" and how to best approach diagnosis and management of this deadly clinical entity.
The EKG is easy to obtain and is certainly useful to potentially exclude or uncover other etiologies of chest pain. Furthermore, an EKG can aid in diagnosis or at least increase suspicion or PE as well as provide prognostic data on an already diagnosed PE. This week we dive into the data regarding EKG analysis in PE.
Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA) has shown promise in three major randomized controlled trials evaluating its safety in risk-stratifying low- to intermediate-risk patients. Additionally, CCTA-based screening was shown to increase rate of discharge directly from the ED, and decreased length of stay. The study discussed in this Journal Club Review contributes to the growing body of evidence regarding use of CCTA and its role in screening patients with lower risk chest pain.
Myocarditis is an inflammatory change of the heart muscle and an important differential diagnosis for patients presenting with non-specific symptoms such as low grade fever, fatigue, malaise, dyspnea on exertion, palpitations, and/or chest pain in the ED.