Nebraska man’s rapid heartbeat stabilizes after ambulance hits pothole: report

Who said potholes are bad?

Paramedics near Omaha last Monday were racing to a hospital to save a 59-year-old man whose heart was racing at work, Omaha’s WOWT reported.

The man’s heart reached 200 beats per minute during the seven-mile 20-minute ride in an ambulance, the report said.

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The ambulance hit a pothole and the man’s heartbeat converted to a normal rhythm, medics later told the hospital. The phenomenon is rare, but does happen, said one doctor.

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“One way to treat that is with an electrical shock. Classically, you’ll see it on television. The paddles, ‘Clear’ and a big jolt. Turns out, you can do that with a pothole,” said Nebraska Medicine’s Dr. Andrew Goldsweig.

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