An unfortunate mistake: A heartbeat too many

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 16 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:i
  1. M J Weston, consultant physician
  1. Chelmsford

    Torsade de pointes, torsade de pointes. The phrase kept floating through the back of my mind as I stood on the tenth tee during the golf club's charity day two years ago in May, experiencing runs of fast heart beats which seemed to ebb and flow.

    I had been used to tachycardias since my teenage years when a visit to the town's library had led me to suspect Wolf Parkinson White syndrome, later …

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