Sarah Schaeffer

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Serotonin syndrome

I. What every physician needs to know. Serotonin syndrome should probably be termed “serotonin toxicity” as it is a predictable consequence of drugs that increase the serotonergic activity in the brain and at peripheral serotonin receptors. Symptoms can range from mild to severe based on the degree of toxicity. Serotonin receptors and the consequences of…

Ventricular tachycardia

Ventricular Tachycardia I. What Every Physician Needs to Know Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a potentially life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia that presents as a wide complex tachycardia. It most commonly occurs in patients with structural heart disease or acute myocardial infarction (MI), but may also result from drug toxicity, genetic ion channel disorders, electrolyte abnormalities, or as…

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