Right ventricular infarction in the pre-hospital setting: A hidden complication
Right ventricular infarction (RVI) can occur in isolation but is more commonly associated with inferior myocardial infarction (IMI). It has a higher mortality rate compared to isolated left ventricular infarction and often presents with complications. Early recognition of RVI in paramedic practice is key to decreasing patient mortality. This article focuses on RVI within the pre-hospital environment. Particular emphasis is placed on right precordial electrocardiogram (ECG) lead placement, judicious administration of intravenous fluids in the hypotensive patient, and specific complications associated with vasodilatory drugs in RVI.
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