VOLUME 37 | ISSUE 5 | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017

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Cardiac rhythm recorded by implanted loop recorder during lightning strike

Ali Altalhi,a Waleed Al-Manea,b Naif Alqweai,c Mohammed Alothman

From the aDepartment of Pediatrics, Security Forces Hospital Program, bCardiovascular Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, cDepartment of Pediatric Cardiology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, and dDepartment of Pediatric Emergency, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

How to cite this article:

Altalhi A, Al-Manea W, Alqweai N, Alothman M. Cardiac rhythm recorded by implanted loop recorder during lightning strike. Ann Saudi Med 2017; 37(5): 401-402.

DOI: 10.5144/0256-4947.2017.401

Abstract

Lightning strikes cause severe injuries and fatalities. Injuries vary from self-limiting skin manifestations to cardiac arrest and death. Because the event is sudden and unpredictable, assessment of the direct effects of the lightning on the human heart is usually impossible. In this case, a 16-year old boy who had an implanted loop recorder subcutaneous cardiac monitor was hit by lightning during a picnic and survived. A cardiac rhythm strip was recorded live during the strike. 

 

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