When is electrocardiography indicated in the workup of cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Obtain a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) in patients with any of the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Hypoxia
  • Dyspnea
  • An irregular, rapid, or slow pulse
  • Altered mental status
  • Moderate to severe toxicity

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