Case 33 – History


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Case 33

Middle-aged man with hypertension and chest pain


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Brief History

The patient was a middle-aged Caucasian man with hypertension and history of cardiac ablation one year prior for unspecified arrhythmia.

He experienced the sudden onset of chest pain, presented to the emergency room and died eight hours later.

The patient was HIV negative.


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Discussion Questions

1. Summarize the history and clinical issues.

2. You are an emergency room provider. How might your care differ, if at all, knowing the patient had a prior cardiac ablation (vs. not knowing this information)?