RONALD H. BERMAN, M.D.
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To the editor: I wish to report two cases demonstrating a use of acupuncture that I have not seen previously described, cardioversion of supraventricular tachycardia.
The first case is that of an 87-year-old retired minister who was admitted to Brookside Hospital because of rapid heart action. He had no prior history of this condition. Electrocardiograms showed atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response of about 160. Digoxin, 0.5 mg, was given intramuscularly while I was enroute to the hospital. Since he had not converted by the time of my arrival, about a half hour later, acupuncture was tried at the
BERMAN RH. Acupuncture for Cardioversion. Ann Intern Med. ;79:285. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-2-285_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(2):285.
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