This ECG is taken from an elderly woman with chest pressure radiating to left shoulder for 30 minutes. She also complained of nausea with vomiting. Her family offered a history of unspecified cardiac disease, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and dementia.
V tach is identified by: wide QRS complexes (>.12 seconds), rate faster than 100 bpm. In MONOMORPHIC V tach, all QRS complexes look alike. There are other mechanisms of wide-complex tachycardia, but they can be difficult to differentiate from a single rhythm strip. All WCT should be treated as V tach until proven otherwise.
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This ventriculogram shows the typical apical ballooning of the left ventricle during Takotsubo myocardiopathy. This serious condition can be caused by extreme stress, such as in the death of a loved one, or prolonged high stress levels. The ECG will usually show ST elevations indicating an anterior wall M.I., but the angiogram will show no arterial occlusions. Takotsubo myopathy causes a sudden onset of congestive heart failure. It is transient, and those who survive it generally recover fully. For an excellent and complete discussion of Broken-Heart Syndrome,
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