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Concerning Regularity

Sina Jamé, MD and Mary Jamé, MD

December 15, 2016

A 90-year-old gentleman with a history of heart failure from ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy with reduced systolic function, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and stage II CKD presented to his outpatient provider with shortness of breath. The patient reported progressively worsening dyspnea on exertion, orthopnea, and weight gain of three weeks duration. Medications were notable for amiodarone and recent initiation of carvedilol. At rest, the patient had a heart rate of 47 bpm and an oxygen saturation of 92%; with ambulation, his heart rate increased to 74 bpm and oxygen saturation dropped to 84%. On examination, jugular venous pressure was 16 cm of water; bilateral crackles and worsening bilateral pitting edema were also present. Given the bradycardia noted on examination, an ECG was obtained (Figure 1).

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Author Information:
Drs. Sina and Mary Jamé are PRIME Internal Medicine residents at the University of California, San Francisco.