Letters

Myocardial infarction at work cannot be regarded as an accident

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7043.1423a (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1423
  1. U J Kirkpatrick,
  2. C N Mccollum
  1. Clinical research fellow Professor of surgery Department of Surgery, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester M20 8LR

    EDITOR,—M C Petch argues that sudden cardiac death or myocardial infarction occurring within hours of unaccustomed physical effort may justify a claim for benefit payments or occupational injury.1 Although the mechanism of the final thrombosis may indeed be related to exercise,2 these patients have pre-existing arterial disease, and most previous claims have been for “acceleration of …

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