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June 2, 1956

FATAL HEART ATTACK AND SUCCESSFUL DEFIBRILLATIONNEW CONCEPTS IN CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

JAMA. 1956;161(5):434-436. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.62970050001008
Abstract

This is the report of a man who died from a heart attack and in whom defibrillation was successfully accomplished. He was dressed in his street clothes when death and resuscitation occurred. This probably is the first case on record of a man being rescued from a heart attack that occurred outside the operating room; we would like to receive information concerning any other similar instances. One of us (C. S. B.) successfully resuscitated a man whose heart went into asystole while he was being prepared for a gallbladder operation, but this occurred in the operating room, where all necessary equipment for resuscitation was available. This man had coronary artery disease. Another patient developed ventricular fibrillation twice during an operation for coronary artery disease. Defibrillation was successfully accomplished, but fibrillation occurred again two days after operation and the patient died. An x-ray technician died while developing a film in a

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