Category: Cardiology

Feb 16 2014

Top 10 Books for Internal Medicine Residency

Online medical resources such as UpToDate and Medscape are being used more and more by physicians, residents, and med students. These databases allow clinical information to be looked up at a glance and are very convenient to use. However, in-print resources are still a very important part of medical training and will never be obsolete. …

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Aug 11 2012

TIMI Risk Score for UA/NSTEMI Mnemonic

The Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) Score is used to estimate the risk of death, risk of MI, or need for urgent cardiac catheterization in patients with Unstable Angina (UA) or Non-ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (NSTEMI). Each risk factor is worth one point, for a max score of 7. The higher the score, the …

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Feb 17 2012

Top 10 Clinical Criteria/Scoring Systems for Internists and Medical Students

Clinical scoring systems, clinical criteria, and clinical prediction rules are used widely in medicine and academics. They are used to aid physicians in their clinical decision making and finalizing a diagnosis. Although they should never be used in place of a physician’s sound clinical judgment, they are great clinical tools and methodologies used to organize …

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Dec 03 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: Lipitor (atorvastatin) Goes Generic But Not Without Controversy

This week there was not very much interesting material from my clinical experience to write about, so I decided to post on a noteworthy and attention-grabbing topic in the news this week. Pfizer’s patent on Lipitor expired this week on Wednesday, November 30, but not without some questionable and unparalleled tactics from Pfizer itself. Lipitor …

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Dec 01 2011

Effects of Calcium Abnormalities on the Electrocardiogram (EKG) Mnemonic

This is a mnemonic for the effects of hypocalcemia and hypercalcemia that are seen on the EKG. This is a frequently tested topic on boards, and a common question to be asked during the clinical rotation years as well. HypOcalcemia causes a prOlonged QT interval HypERcalcemia causes a shortER QT interval Pretty easy to remember! …

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Nov 19 2011

Learn the Lab Test: Troponin

It is fairly common knowledge that troponin is the marker that becomes elevated in a heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI). However, there is a lot more information that troponin has to offer. This post will review what exactly troponin is, and what conditions cause it to be elevated (it’s not always an MI). Troponin …

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