An ambulance in Omaha, Nebraska, rushed to help a 59-year-old man with a racing heart at work. He had no history of heart problems. At one point the patient’s heart was beating at a rate of 200 beats per minute. During the seven-mile ride to Lakeside Hospital, the ambulance hit a pothole.
Medics told the hospital that the jolt of the pothole bumped the patient’s heart to normal rhythms. “It’s rare, but it’s a well-described phenomenon,” Nebraska Medicine’s Dr. Andrew Goldsweig said. “One way to treat that is with an electrical shock. Turns out, you can do that with a pothole,” Goldsweig said. Friends of the patient said he was released from the hospital the next day.