PT Question of the Week - “Pounding” Heartbeat

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You are treating a 70-year-old male who reports a “pounding” heartbeat when he lies down, particularly on his left side. Upon further questioning, the patient also reports intermittent chest pain that does not seem to be correlated with exercise and frequent episodes of palpitations. These are common characteristics of which of the following cardiac conditions?

  1. Aortic regurgitation/insufficiency
  2. Angina pectoris
  3. Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  4. Cardiac pump failure

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