GRETNA, Va. — Monday afternoon, Gretna Rescue rushed to help a 59-year-old man with a racing heart at work. He had no history of heart problems.
The squad has a 20-minute drive ahead to the emergency room and the patient’s heart rate got as high as 200 beats per minute.
During the 7-mile ride from 144th and I-80 to Lakeside Hospital, however, something happened that isn’t covered in the treatment plan — potholes.
The driver apparently hit a monster-sized one because medics told the hospital — as relayed by “omaha scanner” on twitter — the jolt of the pothole “converted the patient’s” racing heart to “normal” rhythms.
Nebraska Medicine’s Andrew Goldsweig, an interventional cardiologist, said, “It’s rare, but it’s a well-described phenomenon.”
Goldsweig explained that one way to treat a racing heart is with an electrical shock.
“Classicly, you’ll see it on television,” he said. “The paddles — ‘clear’ — and a big jolt. Turns out you can do that with a pothole.”