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Cardiovascular System II. Objectives Present the clinical features and emergency management of cardiovascular disorders, including: –Diagnose and treat.

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1 Cardiovascular System II

2 Objectives Present the clinical features and emergency management of cardiovascular disorders, including: –Diagnose and treat rhythm disturbances. –Detect and treat cardiomyopathy. –Treat shock. –Create differential diagnosis and management plan for syncope.

3 Case Study 1: “Not Breathing” 10-day-old boy brought to ED for not breathing and color change. 3 weeks premature, discharged from hospital 3 days ago with apnea monitor Decreased activity since discharge Poor feeding today

4 Initial Assessment (1 of 2) PAT: –Abnormal appearance, abnormal breathing, abnormal circulation Vital signs: –HR 220, RR 14, BP 55/36, Wt 3.5 kg (birth weight 3.7 kg), O 2 sat 88% on room air

5 Initial Assessment (2 of 2) A:Patent without evidence of obstruction B:Nonlabored but diminished respiratory rate C:Mottled, cool, distal cyanosis, tachycardic and weak pulse D: Weak cry, nonfocal exam E: Normothermic, no evidence of trauma, fontanel flat

6 Detailed Physical Exam Head/Neck: No abnormalities Heart: Tachycardia, no murmurs heard Lungs: Decreased breath sounds Abdomen: Liver 2 finger breadths below RCM Neuro: Weak cry, lethargic, poor interaction, responsive to pain and contact Extremities: Cyanotic, cool upper and lower extremities

7 Question What is your general impression of this patient?

8 General Impression Cardiopulmonary failure –Lethargic but responsive, inadequate respirations and tachycardia; mottling with distal cyanosis What are your initial management priorities?

9 Management Priorities ABCs Open airway. Give 100% O 2 by BMV, or perform endotracheal intubation. Check rhythm on cardiac monitor. Obtain vascular access. Obtain blood glucose prn. Check rectal temperature.

10 Case Discussion (1 of 2) Tachyarrhythmias: –Wide complex Ventricular tachycardia Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) with aberrancy –Narrow complex Sinus tachycardia SVT

11 Case Discussion (2 of 2) Clinical features can be varied: –Palpitations in verbal children –Shock in any age –Generalized symptoms of malaise and weakness Diagnostic studies: –Cardiac monitor, ECG, sepsis evaluation if young infant who has signs and symptoms suggestive of infection –CXR, echocardiogram Management: ABCs, stabilize

12 Background: Dysrhythmias 3 basic types: –Fast pulse (tachyarrhythmia) –Slow pulse (bradyarrhythmia) –Absent pulse (pulseless) Dysrhythmias may impair cardiac function, leading to cardiac arrest. Occult dysrhythmias (e.g., prolonged QT syndrome, WPW syndrome)

13 Clinical Features: Your First Clue Intermittent, paroxysmal presence of symptoms Sudden onset of symptoms with little or no prodrome Presentation of dysrhythmias can range from stable to cardiopulmonary arrest.

14 Distinguishing SVT from ST STSVT History Fever, sepsis, dehydration, hemorrhage, hypovolemia, precedes Intermittent, paroxysmal in onset ECG ST rate is less than 2x normal rate for age. Rate varies with activity. SVT rate at or greater than 2x normal rate for age. Minimal or no rate change with activity.

15 Supraventricular Tachycardia

16 Diagnostic Studies Radiology: –CXR important to look for signs of: Structural congenital heart disease Congestive heart failure (prolonged dysrhythmia) Signs of infection (pneumonia) Laboratory: –ALWAYS check blood glucose to exclude hypoglycemia in any child with abnormal mental status.

17 Differential Diagnosis: What Else? Hypoglycemia Sepsis Hyperthyroidism Volume depletion Catastrophic illness: –CNS, GI, trauma (abuse) Metabolic disease

18 Management: Dysrhythmias ABCs Get baseline ECG. Obtain vascular access. For SVT (see AHA algorithm): –Vagal maneuvers –Adenosine: 100 mcg/kg bolus, increase as necessary: 200 mcg/kg –Cardioversion for unstable SVT –Procainamide or amiodarone if QRS is wide –Digoxin to slow rate if cardioversion unsuccessful –Cardiology consultation

19 Tachycardia Management

20 The Bottom Line: Dysrhythmias Management is driven by presence or absence of poor perfusion. Sinus tachycardia is not an arrhythmia but its etiology must be determined. Provide ventilation and oxygenation for all patients in cardiopulmonary arrest, as the primary etiology is often respiratory failure.

21 Other Considerations (1 of 2) Interface with EMS/Transport: –Transport issues: Case such as this should be transported to pediatric referral center after stabilization. ALS transport with monitoring and IV access Treatment plan for possible en route for recurrence – including potential for cardioversion Consult accepting pediatric cardiologist

22 Other Considerations (2 of 2) Documentation: –Always try to get baseline 12-lead ECG before and after cardioversion. –Treatment record from prehospital and ED care –EMTALA compliance Risk management: –Always check blood glucose. –Assure rapid triage of infants in distress. –Do not hesitate to cardiovert when child is unstable.

23 Reversible Non-Cardiac Causes of Dysrhythmias Four H’s: –Hypoxemia –Hypovolemia –Hypothermia –Hyper/Hypokalemia and metabolic disorders Four T’s: –Tamponade (cardiac) –Tension pneumothorax –Toxins/poisons/ drugs –Thromboembolism

24 Case Progression/Outcome ECG reveals SVT. Infant receives BMV ventilation. Preparations are made to cardiovert as IV access is obtained. Adenosine 100 mcg/kg IV push is given followed by NS bolus (flush). ECG shows return of sinus rhythm. BMV is discontinued as infant’s condition stabilized. 100% oxygen NRB mask is placed.

25 Case Study 2: “Unresponsive Episodes” 2-year-old girl passed out eating cereal; awoke after 5 min. She was stiff with eyes rolled back ~ approx. 5 min. Minimal period of sleepiness, now awake and alert; no retractions; skin color is normal

26 Initial Assessment and Focused History PAT: –Normal appearance, normal breathing, normal circulation ABCDEs: –Normal –Vital signs: HR 120; RR 24; BP 80/60; T 37.7  C Wt 12 kg; O 2 sat 99% Focused History: –Three similar episodes; two associated with “temper tantrums.” –PMH and FH: Negative

27 Question What is your general impression of this patient?

28 General Impression Stable –Patient with syncope –In no distress; normal exam –Concerning/ominous history What are your initial management priorities?

29 Case Discussion Syncope in young children is a serious symptom. Must attempt to exclude life- threatening causes Differential diagnosis is critical: –Seizure –Cardiac –Breath-holding spell

30 Clinical Features: Your First Clue Loss of consciousness Lasted only a few minutes Minimal or no postictal state No stigmata of seizure: Urinary incontinence, bitten tongue, witnessed tonic-clonic activity

31 Diagnostic Studies Radiology: –CXR offers little. –CT or MRI may be indicated if considering seizures. Laboratory is often normal but may include: –Electrolytes –CBC with differential –Ca ++, Mg ++, PO 4

32 Markedly Prolonged QT Interval T-wave alternans

33 Prolonged QT 10% present with seizures. 15% of patients with prolonged QTc die during their first episode of arrhythmia. –30% of these deaths occur during the first year of life.

34 What Else? Cardiac Causes of Syncope Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy –Syncope with exercise –At risk for sudden death; positive family history –Non-specific murmur; ECG can show non- specific findings. –CXR is non-diagnostic –Echocardiogram is diagnostic. Chronic cardiomyopathy –Chronic CHF Dysrhythmias

35 Critical Concepts (1 of 2) Consider cardiac arrhythmias in all patients presenting with brief, nonspecific changes in level of consciousness: –Fainting, syncope, seizures, breath- holding, apparent life-threatening events

36 Critical Concepts (2 of 2) Family history may be positive for sudden, unexplained deaths prior to 55, fainting episodes, or unexplained accidents. Episodes associated with exercise are particularly concerning. –Patient instructed not to exercise until cleared by a cardiologist.

37 Pulseless Arrest * VF/VT Not VF/VT Anti-arrhythmic Vasopressor (Drug - Shock) CPR x 3 min Shock x 3 Shock Vasopressor *CPR and seek reversible causes throughout

38 Case Progression This patient has prolonged QT syndrome. She is at risk for fatal dysrhythmia (ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation). She needs to be admitted/transferred to a pediatric cardiology center for cardiology evaluation.

39 Case Outcome This child is hospitalized. Monitored and confirmed to be at risk for dangerous dysrhythmia Discharged on medications shown to decrease her risk of VT/VF (e.g., ß blockers) She is a candidate to receive an AICD when she gets older.

40 Case Study 3: “Chicken Pox” 6-month-old with chicken pox lesions that began 3 days ago. Lesions are spreading. More scabs today. Fever since yesterday, higher today. Today, his skin appears to be red. He is fussy and not feeding well.

41 Initial Assessment (1 of 2) PAT: –Normal/abnormal appearance, normal breathing, normal circulation Vital signs: –HR 160, RR 40, BP 79/56, T 39°C, Wt 8.1 kg, O 2 sat 98% on room air

42 Initial Assessment (2 of 2) A:Patent without evidence of obstruction B:Normal C:Generalized red erythroderma, warm, tachycardic (febrile) D: Nonfocal exam, irritable E: Many impetiginous scabs, pustules and vesicles; some with surrounding cellulitis

43 Detailed Physical Exam Head/Neck: No abnormalities except for skin Heart: Tachycardic, no murmurs heard Lungs: Clear breath sounds Abdomen: Normal except for skin Neuro: Alert, subdued, no meningismus Skin: Many vesicles, scabs, pustules; some with surrounding cellulitis. Generalized warm erythroderma. Capillary refill 2 seconds.

44 Question What is your general impression of this patient?

45 General Impression Compensated shock –Tachycardia and mild change in appearance (fussy) –Possible septic shock as varicella lesions with signs of secondary infection (Staph aureus, group A strep) –Erythroderma: Scarlet fever versus toxic shock What are your initial management priorities?

46 Management Priorities Provide supplemental oxygen. Obtain vascular access. Determine rapid glucose. Begin fluid resuscitation at 20 mL/kg – 160 mL NS. CBC, blood culture, other optional labs IV antibiotics Repeated assessment for signs of shock

47 Shock Inadequate tissue perfusion (delivery of oxygen and nutrients) to meet the metabolic demands of the body. –Hypovolemic –Cardiogenic –Distributive –Septic

48 Background: Shock Compensated: –Vital organs continue to be perfused by compensatory mechanisms. –Blood pressure is normal. Decompensated: –Compensatory mechanisms are overwhelmed and inadequate. –Hypotension, high mortality risk Aggressive treatment of early shock: –Halts progression to decompensated shock

49 Clinical Features: Your First Clue Apnea, tachypnea, respiratory distress Skin: Pale, cool, delayed capillary refill. Warm shock will appear normal. Lethargic, weak, orthostatic weakness Tachycardia, hypotension Specific types of shock: –Neurologic deficits (spinal cord injury) –Urticaria, allergen trigger, wheezing –Petechiae, erythroderma

50 Hypovolemic Shock Fluid loss: –Diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, diuresis –Hemorrhage Resuscitation: –Fluid replacement –NS or LR 20 mL/kg bolus infusions, reassess, repeat as needed –Blood transfusion for excessive hemorrhage

51 Cardiogenic Shock Poor myocardial contractility or impaired ejection: –Cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, myocarditis, tamponade, congestive heart failure, dysrhythmia, septic shock, drugs (e.g., thiopental) Resuscitation: –Fluid bolus (10 mL/kg) and reassess –Inotropes, pressors (e.g., dopamine, dobutamine, epinephrine)

52 Distributive Shock Inappropriate vasodilation with maldistribution of blood flow: –Anaphylactic shock, spinal cord injury, septic shock –“Warm shock” Resuscitation: –Vasoconstrictors (e.g., epinephrine) –Anaphylaxis treatment –Spinal cord injury treatment –Sepsis treatment

53 Septic Shock Elements of distributive shock and cardiogenic shock: –Inappropriate vasodilation with a maldistribution of blood flow –Myocardial depression Resuscitation: –Fluid bolus –Pressors and inotropes –Antibiotics (expect possible deterioration initially due to toxin release)

54 Case Progression/Outcome Labs drawn IV fluids given with decrease in HR to 120 IV antibiotics given Patient admitted and discharged 4 days later

55 The Bottom Line: Shock Early recognition and treatment of compensated shock may prevent progression to decompensated shock. Decompensated shock has a poor prognosis.

56 EIF Available from ACEP, AAP Updated by PCP and specialists Very helpful Medical ID bracelet

57 The Bottom Line Obtain rapid history and assess children in shock or respiratory distress for cardiac disease. Utilize the EIF to gather information, contact specialists, and guide therapy. Echocardiography and cardiology consultation for definitive diagnosis and cardiac function determination.

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