Is the Cath Lab the Place to be after V fib VTac Cardiac Arrest?

Is the Cath Lab the Place to be after V fib VTac Cardiac Arrest?

Ventricular dysrhythmias are commonly caused by coronary ischemia which is most frequently caused by acute coronary artery occlusions in the setting of coronary artery disease. It would seem somewhat logical that patients who suffer a V fib or V Tach cardiac arrest would benefit from a trip to the cardiac catheterization lab to identify and treat these possible acute coronary artery occlusions. Patient’s with EKGs showing ST-elevations following ROSC already go to the Cath lab. Since the EKG is not terrifically sensitive for MI, should V fib V Tach cardiac arrest patients without ST-elevations make a trip to the Cath lab? In this breakdown of our most recent journal club we look at several papers covering this topic. In the podcast below we also talk with Justin Benoit, MD the site PI for the ongoing ACCESS trial which is also looking into this question.

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Grand Rounds Recap 6.28.2017

Grand Rounds Recap 6.28.2017

The last Grand Rounds of the 2016-2017 academic year kicked off with M&M with Dr. Betham presenting on EKGs, vitamin deficiencies, sepsis and hemorrhoids. Dr. Deb Gerdes brought us a global health update and Dr. Titone taught us about hyperthermic emergencies. 

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