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The dance of death

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 24 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4956
  1. Liam Farrell, retired general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. drfarrell{at}

“So,” I asked, “how did it happen?”

“Well,” he said, “I was at a wedding and I got up to dance—that’s when I felt the pain in my chest.”

I was curious; for the third time in a matter of weeks a man in his 50s had had an infarct while at a wedding. The risk factors were obvious: overweight, unfit, suddenly hurled into intense physical activity, but could there be something more going …

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