Patient presents to the ED with non-specific complaints of intermittent fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cough, congestion, headache and myalgias over the past 1 week. Returned from Pakistan 1 month ago.
DDx: Malaria vs Dengue vs Chikungunya vs Influenza vs HIV ...
Bradycardia is defined as a heart rate of less than 60 BPM. In the ED, we may not always have the time to stop to consider the etiology of bradycardia after we have stabilized our patient (and after we likely already consulted cardiology!) Having a thoughtful approach to the differential diagnosis for bradycardia can be extremely helpful in treating the underlying cause. The next time a bradycardic patient presents to your ED, think to yourself, “The Brady Bunch is on a DIET.”