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32 Cardiac Arrhythmias (1) Give high-dose 40–60% oxygen unless there is a prior history of obstructive airways disease, in which case give 28% oxygen. Aim for an oxygen saturation over 94%. (2) Give aspirin 150–300 mg orally if there is possible or probable ACS, unless contraindicated by known hypersensitivity. v. g. v. for more severe pain, including non-ischaemic. (4) Correct any electrolyte abnormality. See p. 114. v. v. total. (iii) Consider the insertion of a temporary transvenous pacemaker wire by an expert, if the bradycardia persists with symptomatic second- or third-degree (complete) atrioventricular block, or the patient is unstable.
Iii) Broad-complex tachycardia. v. v. followed by an infusion – avoid adenosine, verapamil, digoxin and diltiazem, as they block the AV node and may worsen pre-excited AF leading to VT or even VF. ✓ Tip: frequent ventricular ectopic beats (VEBs) do not require treatment, unless they are multi-focal, in runs, or arrive on the T wave of the preceding complex. (iv) Narrow-complex tachycardia or supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). When regular this may be one of the re-entry tachycardias or atrial flutter with regular AV conduction (usually 2 to 1 block if the rate is about 150/min).
Iii) Higher elevated troponin levels identify an increase in adverse outcome risk. (9) ECG. Perform this within 10 min of patient arrival, and arrange for immediate review by a senior ED doctor. (i) Look for ST elevation in two or more contiguous leads. (ii) The greater the number of leads affected and the higher the ST segments, the higher the mortality. (iii) Inferior myocardial infarction causes changes in leads II, III and aVF. (iv) Anterior myocardial infarction causes changes in I, aVL and V1–V3 (anteroseptal) or V4–V6 (anterolateral).