A shot to the heart with alcohol saved one British man’s life.
Ronald Aldom, 77, was doing “fantastically well,” his doctor said after he was served a dose of pure ethanol — the same found in alcoholic drinks — to treat his unusual heart rhythm.
It was the first time his doctor in Bristol, England, tried using ethanol to remedy a bout of ventricular tachychardia, or VT.
Dr. Tom Johnson, of the Bristol Heart Institute Hospital, stuck a catheter into a blood vessel in Aldom’s groin, pumping ethanol toward his heart. The injection reportedly caused a controlled heart attack in Aldom, destroying the heart tissue triggering his irregular heartbeat.
“He wasn’t going to leave hospital unless something was done,” Johnson told the BBC. “There was no other option.”
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