Acute Myocardial Infarction


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31 Dec 2023

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1 Jan 2021

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120 Minutes

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Acute myocardial infarctions are one of the leading causes of death in the developed world, with prevalence approaching three million people worldwide, with more than one million deaths in the United States annually. This activity reviews the presentation, evaluation, and management of patients with acute myocardial infarctions and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in caring for these patients.

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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the difference in time to peak and duration between troponin, creatine kinase MB, and LDH.
  • Describe how to evaluate a patient who presents with diaphoresis and chest pain that radiates to bilateral arms.
  • Describe the difference in management between ST-elevation myocardial infarction, non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction, and unstable angina.
  • Review how interprofessional team strategies to improve care interprofessional team coordination for patients with acute myocardial infarctions.

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  • Internal Medicine
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  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical Pathology
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  • Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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jaime r. on 12/28/2021

One question has absolutely the incorrect answer. Persistent ST elevations would indicate an aneurysm. I chose that answer, and the correct response is "acute limb ischemia." Then the teaching pearls after you answer state that these EKG changes are due to an aneurysm. Also, there was far, far too much emphasis on the histopathology of the cardiac muscles, which is not clinically relevant. There were again questions about items that were never covered or mentioned in the article (TIMI). This would be a far better article if it had many more images: many more EKG's showing all AMI's; images of coronary vessels and how blockages would appear on EKG's; EKG's showing early repolarization and pericarditis and how to differentiate from an AMI. Thank you.

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