Case Conclusion — Cardiotoxicity
February 6, 2014

Posted by Andy Jagoda, MD in: Cardiovascular, Drugs & Emergency Procedures, Hematologic/Allergic/Endocrine Emergencies, Toxicologic and Environmental Emergencies , trackback

You tracheally intubated the young woman who had been taking verapamil and collapsed. You then gave her atropine and calcium and started her on a norepinephrine infusion. However, despite these therapies, she remained hypotensive and bradycardic. You then administered high-dose insulin therapy (1 U/kg/h), with a 10% dextrose infusion. Her hemodynamic status began to stabilize, with resolution of her hypotension and bradycardia. She was admitted to the ICU for further management.

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