READING TIME 4 MINUTES
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At Storifield Royal 04:15
I was in the later half of my night shift and was looking forward for my break. Almost there. I could smell the coffee. Just then I got thrusted with an ECG and 2 words
Here are the 2 ECGs that were done 15 minutes apart
and this was my reaction to it
ST elevation can be seen in lead II,III,AVF,V2-v4.
As I walked towards the patient, I saw a young lady sitting on a chair clenching her chest with her left hand and holding a 5 week old baby with the other. She said I woke up with this crushing chest pain. I feel I have been kicked in the chest. Pain was heavy, not worsening with breathing. She had cold sweats and was feeling nauseated. There were no co-morbids.
Nurse shouted her pulse is 56, BP 138/66, SpO2 97% on air. She is afebrile. We got her on the trolley, moved her to resus, cannulated and gave her analgesia.
Examination was unremarkable.
Cardiologist were called and a decision to activate the cath lab was taken. Reluctant to let go of her baby, we reassured mom that both of you will be reunited soon.
Angiography showed that patient had developed Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection(SCAD)
The culprit vessel was successfully stented and she made a full recovery.
Check out this 30 second animated demonstration on SCAD