Giant Pothole May Have Saved Man’s Life

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.

Source: Man’s rapid heartbeat returns to normal when ambulance hits pothole | abc13.com

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