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The HEART score has been widely adopted by EPs since its publication in 2008, but Brady Pregerson, MD, says it is often not nuanced enough for certain patients and shouldn't be followed blindly. https://bit.ly/42hmwYv
Akathisia is an uncomfortable side effect of dopaminergic blocking agents, and some patients become so restless and agitated they leave the ED against medical advice. Michelle Lin, MD, discusses first- and second-line agents. https://bit.ly/3Lz1vDj
A patient in his 70s with COPD and laryngeal cancer was brought to the ED for cardiac arrest. Brady Pregerson, MD, said he reported a week of worsening weakness and dyspnea on exertion. What's the diagnosis? https://bit.ly/3HlKQAG
A 45-year-old woman presented with shortness of breath. She appeared slightly uncomfortable and was tachycardic, but otherwise her exam was unremarkable. What's the diagnosis? https://bit.ly/44c8E3D
The incidence of venous thromboembolism in adult patients with sickle cell disease is high. EMedHome says patients with SCD often have overlapping symptoms between PE and vaso-occlusive crisis and acute chest syndrome, leading to diagnostic challenges. https://bit.ly/3LFx7aE