Case Study

Heart Failure vs. Bacterial Pneumonia

Trevor Van Schooneveld, MD, FACP

Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease

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Key Takeaways

Takeaway #1

Takeaway #1

This patient had a diagnosis of heart failure secondary to acute myocardial infarction (AMI) two days prior, but the clinical presentation offered multiple possibilities of differential diagnoses.

Takeaway #2

Takeaway #2

PCT gives insight into the presence or absence of systemic bacterial infection.

Takeaway #3

Takeaway #3

Clinicians were able to focus on treating the cardiac issues at hand.

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*NEWS or National Early Warning Score is a scoring system based on 6 common physiological measurements: respiration rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and level of alertness. The score ranges from 0 to 20 points; a level of 5-6 means a patient can be very ill and requires regular monitoring and urgent review.