ECG Challenge: Short of Breath With a Fast Pulse

Philip J. Podrid, MD


November 18, 2016

A 74-year-old man with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) presents to the emergency room with severe shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with a COPD exacerbation and treated with antibiotics and steroids. His pulse was noted to be irregular and an ECG was obtained.

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Image courtesy of Dr Podrid.


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