Heparin and Hypotension

Healthy appearing patient with afib s/p ablation and returning for repeat ablation for recurrent afib. Anesthesia induced normally and patient VSS. 3 minutes after a request of a heparin bolus, patient dropped their SBP into the upper 40s, lower 50s. Patient recovered well after small bolus of epinephrine. ICE used to rule out pericardial effusion as well as confirm normal LVEF and RVEF.

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Author: Kris

Grew up in a small Texas town. Heavily involved in extracurricular activities: piano, violin, dance (ballet/jazz/tap), tennis, horseback riding (english/western), taekwondo, basketball, soccer, volleyball, percussion, drumline, orchestra, band, mascot, pageants. I had the typical Tiger Mom upbringing. Went to college, medical school, residency, and fellowship. Amidst the ups and downs of life, allow me to share with you my journey...as an "ordinary" person who happens to be an MD.

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