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Case 30-2020: A 54-Year-Old Man with Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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  • Elazer R. Edelman, M.D., Ph.D.,
  • Neel M. Butala, M.D., M.B.A.,
  • Laura L. Avery, M.D.,
  • Andrew L. Lundquist, M.D., Ph.D.,
  • and Anand S. Dighe, M.D., Ph.D.

A 54-year-old man was evaluated at the hospital after cardiac arrest associated with ventricular fibrillation. The patient had been in a fast-food restaurant when he gasped suddenly and lost consciousness. Emergency medical services personnel arrived, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated. A diagnosis was made.

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We thank Dr. Christopher H. Newton-Cheh for his assistance with the case presentation and preparation of an earlier version of the manuscript.

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (E.R.E.), the Departments of Medicine (N.M.B., A.L.L.), Radiology (L.L.A.), and Pathology (A.S.D.), Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Departments of Medicine (E.R.E., N.M.B., A.L.L.), Radiology (L.L.A.), and Pathology (A.S.D.), Harvard Medical School — all in Boston, and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (E.R.E.).

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