Approach to Shortness of Breath

Approach to, Cardiology, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Respiratory

A brief approach to shortness of breath:

For more details, please see post for each clinical topic:

Allergic reaction/Anaphylaxis




Pulmonary Embolus



Respiratory Distress – Flipped Classroom Summary

Acute Coronary Syndrome

Cardiology, Cardiovascular, Chest pain

Part 1: Presentations of ACS

Part 2: ECG changes in ACS

(Note: This is not a comprehensive approach to ECG.  For ECG approach, please see ECG approach on the skills page)

Part 3: Non-ECG modalities for diagnosis

Part 4: Treatment for ACS


Other resources:

Reading the ST segment on ECG on Life in the Fast Lane blog (includes discussion on non-ischemic causes of ST elevation/depression)

Ultrasound images for Pericardial effusion on Life in the Fast Lane blog