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A 40-year-old overweight man presents to the office complaining of heartburn for 6 months. He describes burning in his chest brought on by meals. He has a 20 pack-year smoking history and drinks 2 glasses of red wine with dinner nightly. He denies dysphagia, odynophagia, weight loss, melena, and hematemesis. Over the past month, he has reduced his intake of fatty and spicy foods with some moderate relief of his symptoms; however, his symptoms are still present. He also has stopped smoking. Which of the following is the most appropriate next step in the care of this patient?
Pantoprazole, sucralfate, and amoxicillin
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A 38-year-old obese male smoker presents to the emergency department complaining of severe chest pain. The pain is stabbing, burning and retrosternal. The pain has occurred intermittently for the last few months. The pain is not brought on by exercise, but he does experience it often at night upon lying down after dinner. He denies any dysphagia, weight loss, vomiting, or bloody stools, but does endorse a foul taste in his mouth. Vitals signs are T 98.8 F, HR 79 bpm, BP 123/89, RR 16 Sat 100%. Exam reveals an obese male with dental erosions; cardiopulmonary exam is unremarkable. An EKG is shown in Figure A. What is the next best step in management?
Aspirin, morphine, sublingual nitroglycerin, and cardiac enzyme labs
Upper GI series
Treatment with a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)