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March 16, 1940

AURICULAR FIBRILLATION OBSERVED FOR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS

JAMA. 1940;114(11):955. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.62810110003009a
Abstract

Our primary reason for reporting this case is to illustrate what can occasionally be accomplished in auricular fibrillation.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.—  A woman aged 55 came to our office on Dec. 17, 1914, complaining chiefly of palpitation and dyspnea on exertion. Her past and family histories were not significant.At the time of this examination her pulse rate was noted to be 130; the blood pressure was 130 systolic, 105 diastolic. A polygram done at this time indicated that the patient had auricular fibrillation. The auricular fibrillation was studied between the years 1914 and 1939, covering a period of twenty-five years. She was observed at fairly regular intervals.The auricular fibrillation was first treated in 1914 with an infusion of digitalis. Later in 1916 she began to take doses of powdered leaves varying between 2 and 3 grains (0.13 to 0.2 Gm.) daily and continued it for the

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