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Anti-arrythmics: for AV nodes "Do Block AV": Digoxin B-blockers Adenosine Verapamil Aortic regurgitation: causes CREAM: Congenital Rheumatic damage Endocarditis Aortic dissection/ Aortic root dilatation Marfan’s Aortic stenosis characteristics SAD: Syncope Angina Dyspnoea

Apex beat: abnormalities found on palpation, causes of impalpable

HILT: Heaving Impalpable Laterally displaced Thrusting/ Tapping _ If it is impalpable. causes are COPD: COPD Obesity Pleural. Pericardial effusion Dextrocardia Apex beat: differential for impalpable apex beat DOPES: Dextrocardia Obesity Pericarditis/ Pericardial tamponade/ Pneumothorax Emphysema Sinus inversus/ Student incompetence/ Scoliosis/ Skeletal abnormalities (eg pectus excavatum) Atrial fibrillation: causes A SHIT: .

CAD Thyroid: hyperthyroid Endocarditis Sick sinus syndrome Atrial fibrillation: management ABCD: Anti-coagulate Beta-block to control rate Cardiovert Digoxin Beck's triad (cardiac tamponade) 3 D's: .Alcohol Stenosis (mitral valve) Hypertension Infarction/ Ischaemia Thyrotoxicosis Atrial fibrillation: causes PIRATES: Pulmonary: PE. COPD Iatrogenic Rheumatic heart: mirtral regurgitation Atherosclerotic: MI.

hyperthyroidism Renal failure Embolism: pulmonary CHF: causes of exacerbation A SMITH PEAR: .Distant heart sounds Distended jugular veins Decreased arterial pressure Betablockers: cardioselective betablockers "Betablockers Acting Exclusively At Myocardium" _ Cardioselective betablockers are: Betaxolol Acebutelol Esmolol Atenolol Metoprolol CHF: causes of exacerbation FAILURE: Forgot medication Arrhythmia/ Anaemia Ischemia/ Infarction/ Infection Lifestyle: taken too much salt Upregulation of CO: pregnancy.

etc) Coronary artery bypass graft: indications DUST: Depressed ventricular function Unstable angina Stenosis of the left main stem Triple vessel disease Coronary artery bypass graft: indications DUST: Depressed ventricular function Unstable angina Stenosis of the left main stem Triple vessel disease Depressed ST-segment: causes DEPRESSED ST: Drooping valve (MVP) .Anemia Salt/ Stress/ Stopping meds MI Infection/ Ischemia Thyroid (high/low) HTN Pericarditis Endocarditis (valve disease) Arrhythmia Rx (beta blocker.

ECG: T wave inversion causes INVERT: Ischemia Normality [esp. right bundle block "WiLLiaM MaRRoW": W pattern in V1-V2 and M pattern in V3-V6 is Left bundle block. black] Ventricular hypertrophy Ectopic foci [eg calcified plaques] RBBB. LBBB Treatments [digoxin] . M pattern in V1-V2 and W in V3-V6 is Right bundle block.depression (in I/W AMI) Embolism in lungs (pulmonary embolism) Subendocardial ischemia Subendocardial infarct Encephalon haemorrhage (intracranial haemorrhage) Dilated cardiomyopathy Shock Toxicity of digitalis. young. quinidine ECG: left vs. _ Note: consider bundle branch blocks when QRS complex is wide.Enlargement of LV with strain Potassium loss (hypokalemia) Reciprocal ST.

system is activated/factor is released Heart failure: signs TAPED TORCH: Tachycardia Ascites Pulsus alternans Elevated jugular venous pressure Displaced apex beat .Exercise ramp ECG: contraindications RAMP: Recent MI Aortic stenosis MI in the last 7 days Pulmonary hypertension Heart compensatory mechanisms that 'save' organ blood flow during shock "Heart SAVER": Symphatoadrenal system Atrial natriuretic factor Vasopressin Endogenous digitalis-like factor Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system _ In all 5.

Third heart sound Oedema Right ventricular heave Crepitations or wheeze Hepatomegaly (tender) Heart murmurs "hARD ASS MRS. MSD": hARD: Aortic Regurg = Diastolic ASS: Aortic Stenosis = Systolic MRS: Mitral Regurg = Systolic MSD: Mitral Stenosis = Diastolic Jugular venous pressure (JVP) elevation: causes HOLT: Grab Harold Holt around the neck and throw him in the ocean: Heart failure Obstruction of venea cava Lymphatic enlargement .supraclavicular Intra-Thoracic pressure increase JVP: wave form ASK ME: Atrial contraction Systole (ventricular contraction) Klosure (closure) of tricusps. so atrial filling .

Maximal atrial filling Emptying of atrium _ See diagram. MI: basic management BOOMAR: Bed rest Oxygen Opiate Monitor Anticoagulate Reduce clot size MI: signs and symptoms PULSE: Persistent chest pains Upset stomach Lightheadedness Shortness of breath Excessive sweating MI: therapeutic treatment ROAMBAL: Reassure Oxygen Aspirin .

Morphine (diamorphine) Beta blocker Arthroplasty Lignocaine MI: therapeutic treatment "O BATMAN!": Oxygen Beta blocker ASA Thrombolytics (eg heparin) Morphine Ace prn Nitroglycerin MI: therapeutic treatment MONAH: Morphine Oxygen Nitrogen Aspirin Heparin MI: treatment of acute MI COAG: Cyclomorph Oxygen Aspirin .

MR is a male title (Mr. Murmur attributes "IL PQRST" (person has ill PQRST heart waves): Intensity Location Pitch Quality Radiation Shape Timing Murmurs: innocent murmur features 8 S's: Soft Systolic Short Sounds (S1 & S2) normal .Glycerol trinitrate Mitral regurgitation When you hear holosystolic murmurs.) and it is male predominant. Mitral stenosis (MS) vs.) and it is female predominant. think "MRTHEM ARE holosystolic murmurs". regurgitation (MR): epidemiology MS is a female title (Ms.

Murmurs: questions to ask SCRIPT: Site Character (eg harsh. are obviously diastolic. blowing) Radiation . EKG) Standing/ Sitting (vary with position) Sternal depression Murmurs: locations and descriptions "MRS A$$": MRS: Mitral Regurgitation--Systolic A$$: Aortic Stenosis--Systolic _ The other two murmurs.Symptomless Special tests normal (X-ray. Murmurs: louder with inspiration vs expiration LEft sided murmurs louder with Expiration RIght sided murmurs louder with Inspiration. Mitral stenosis and Aortic regurgitation. soft.

left loudness "RILE": Right sided heart murmurs are louder on Inspiration. Left sided heart murmurs are loudest on Expiration. Murmurs: systolic MR PV TRAPS: Mitral Regurgitation and Prolaspe VSD Tricupsid Regurgitation Aortic and Pulmonary Stenosis Murmurs: systolic types SAPS: Systolic Aortic Pulmonic Stenosis .Intensity Pitch Timing Murmurs: right vs.

Myocardial infarctions: treatment INFARCTIONS: IV access Narcotic analgesics (eg morphine. PAID: Pulmonic & Aortic Insufficiency=Diastolic. Ed Asner and Ms. diastolic Systolic murmurs: MR AS: "MR. _ Similarly. RN._ Systolic murmurs include aortic and pulmonary stenosis. Ciulla. pethidine) Facilities for defibrillation (DF) Aspirin/ Anticoagulant (heparin) . PA-C New Life Medical Clinic Murmurs: systolic vs. Knowledge Level 1. Murmurs: systolic vs. ARden". it's common sense that if it is aortic and pulmonary stenosis it could also be mitral and tricusp regurgitation]. Jane Arden. System: Cardiovascular W. ASner". _ The famous people with those surnames are Mr. Diastolic murmurs: MS AR: "MS. diastolic PASS: Pulmonic & Aortic Stenosis=Systolic.

Rest Converting enzyme inhibitor Thrombolysis IV beta blocker Oxygen 60% Nitrates Stool Softeners Pericarditis: causes CARDIAC RIND: Collagen vascular disease Aortic aneurysm Radiation Drugs (such as hydralazine) Infections Acute renal failure Cardiac infarction Rheumatic fever Injury Neoplasms Dressler's syndrome Pericarditis: EKG "PericarditiS": PR depression in precordial leads. . ST elevation.

Peripheral vascular insufficiency: inspection criteria SICVD: Symmetry of leg musculature Integrity of skin Color of toenails Varicose veins Distribution of hair Pulseless electrical activity: causes PATCH MED: Pulmonary embolus Acidosis Tension pneumothorax Cardiac tamponade Hypokalemia/ Hyperkalemia/ Hypoxia/ Hypothermia/ Hypovolemia Myocardial infarction Electrolyte derangements Drugs Rheumatic fever: Jones 5 major criteria STREP: Sydenhams chorea Transient migratory arthritis Rheumatic subcutaneous nodules Erythema marginatum .

pancarditis. endocarditis or valvulits) Nodes (subcutaneous nodules) Erythema marginatum . Rheumatic fever: Jones criteria _ Major criteria: CANCER: Carditis Arthritis Nodules Chorea Erythema Rheumatic anamnesis _ Minor criteria: CAFE PAL: CRP increased Arthralgia Fever Elevated ESR Prolonged PR interval Anamnesis of rheumatism Leucocytosis Rheumatic fever: Jones major criteria JONES: Joints (migrating polyarthritis) Obvious. pericarditis) _ STREP. myocarditis.Pancarditis (endocarditis. since Rheumatic fever is caused by group A strep. the heart (carditis. pericarditis.

plus evidence of recent GAS infection (throat cx. rapid antigen test.Sydenham's chorea Rheumatic fever: Revised Jones criteria JONES PEACE: _ Major criteria: Joints: migratory O (heart shaped) Carditis: new onset murmur Nodules. subcutaneous: extensor surfaces Erythema marginatum Sydenham's chorea _ Minor criteria: PR interval. or rising strep antibody titer). prolonged ESR elevated Arthralgias CRP elevated Elevated temperature (fever) _ Need 2 major or 1 major and 2 minor criteria. Rheumatic fever: Revised Jones' criteria JONES crITERIA: _ Major criteria: Joint (arthritis) Obvious (Cardiac) Nodule (Rheumatic) Erythema marginatum .

Sydenham chorea _ Minor criteria: Inflammatory cells (leukocytosis) Temperature (fever) ESR/CRP elevated Raised PR interval Itself (previous Hx of Rheumatic fever) Arthralgia Sino-atrial node: innervation Sympathetic acts on Sodium channels (SS). Sinus bradycardia: aetiology "SINUS BRADICARDIA" (sinus bradycardia): Sleep Infections (myocarditis) Neap thyroid (hypothyroid) Unconsciousness (vasovagal syncope) Subnormal temperatures (hypothermia) Biliary obstruction Raised CO2 (hypercapnia) Acidosis Deficient blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Imbalance of electrolytes Cushing's reflex (raised ICP) Aging . Parasympathetic acts on Potassium channels (PS).

such as high-dose atropine) Deep anaesthesia Ischemic heart disease Athletes Sinus tachycardia TACH FEVER: Tamponade/ Thyrotoxicosis Anemia CHF Hypotension Fever Excrutiating pain Volume depletion Exercise Rx (Theo. Dopa.Rx (drugs. etc) ST elevation causes in ECG] ELEVATION: Electrolytes LBBB Early repolarization Ventricular hypertrophy Aneurysm Treatment (eg pericardiocentesis) . Epi.

contusion) Osborne waves (hypothermia) Non-occlusive vasospasm Supraventricular tachycardia: treatment ABCDE: Adenosine Beta-blocker Calcium channel antagonist Digoxin Excitation (vagal stimulation) Ventricular tachycardia: treatment LAMB: Lidocaine Amiodarone Mexiltene/ Magnesium Beta-blocker CHEMISTRY .Injury (AMI.

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