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Emergency Medical Minute


Jan 14, 2019

Author: Mike Hunt, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Blunt cardiac injuries most commonly occur in motor vehicle collisions, auto-pedestrian collisions, and from sports injuries
  • The more anterior right ventricle is the most commonly injured structure
  • Look for new EKG changes such as bundle branch blocks, ST changes, or other arrhythmias
  • New EKG abnormalities should prompt consideration of further workup and admission for telemetry
  • Patients may have an elevated troponin - but it is unclear when exactly this should be drawn after the injury



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Summarized by Travis Barlock, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD