Thank a pothole

Emergency responders said a Nebraska man has a giant pothole to thank after the jolt from one brought his racing heart back to a normal rhythm, news station WOWT reported.

Rescue crews in Gretna were dispatched last Monday to rush the 59-year-old unidentified patient with an irregular heartbeat to a hospital.

During the drive, the man’s heart reportedly skyrocketed to a rate of 200 beats per minute — more than twice the average resting heart rate for older adults.

But relief came to the patient in the form of a pothole: When the vehicle hit a massive one, his heart rate miraculously returned to a normal rhythm, according to a report on the emergency scanner.

“It’s rare, but it’s a well-described phenomenon,” Dr. Andrew Goldsweig of Nebraska Medicine told WOWT.

Goldsweig said a “big jolt” often helps treat a rapid heartbeat.

“Turns out, you can do that with a pothole,” Goldsweig told the news station.

I don’t know about you, but the thought of hitting a pothole sends my heart racing. Besides the loud bang, the chance of damage to my car doesn’t sit well. On the flip side, the excitement of feeling like a stunt car driver trying to maneuver around one without hitting it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you don’t feel the bang. Doctors may agree with the unusual method, but I would think that mechanics wouldn’t. Either way, we now know of one guy that won’t curse up a storm if he hits one.

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