Episode 66 – More Right Than Left

Why is tricuspid valve endocarditis more common in persons who inject drugs? On this episode of the podcast, we continue the discussion of valvular heart disease, moving from the left heart to the right heart. In Episode 65, we talked about the curious predilection of rheumatic heart disease for the mitral valve. On this episode,Continue reading “Episode 66 – More Right Than Left”

Episode 65 – Taking Things to Heart

In this episode, The Curious Clinicians took things to heart and unpacked both why rheumatic heart disease so often involves heart valves, and why the mitral valve is by far the most commonly affected. See below for our take home points and other episode information! Take Home Points CME/MOC Click here to obtain AMA PRA Category 1Continue reading “Episode 65 – Taking Things to Heart”

Episode 64 – Stopping the Shakes

Why does meperidine treat rigors? When a patient is having rigors that are causing them to desaturate or become tachypneic, you may have turned to meperidine to stop them. Meperidine is an opioid that has fallen out of common use for most indications, but remains a go-to agent for many to stop disadvantageous rigors. HowContinue reading “Episode 64 – Stopping the Shakes”

Episode 63 – Getting Swol

Why does weight-lifting increase muscle size? If you have ever lifted weights, you are likely to recall that in the hours and days after your workout, your muscles started to grow. Not everyone’s muscles grow to the same extent or degree, but this is a fairly standard response to resistance training. On this episode, weContinue reading “Episode 63 – Getting Swol”

Episode 62 – Connected Bilirubin

Why do patients with liver injury or dysfunction have conjugated hyperbilirubinemia? On this episode of the podcast, we discuss another paradox: why does the liver’s ability to conjugate remain even in the setting of severe severe inflammation or fibrosis? It might make sense to see a dramatic elevation in unconjugated bilirubin in these situations, butContinue reading “Episode 62 – Connected Bilirubin”