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Cessation of Attacks of Auricular Paroxysmal Tachycardia by the Use of Calcium: Preliminary Report

JOSEPH B. WOLFFE; and SAMUEL BELLET
Ann Intern Med. 1931;4(7):795-803. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-4-7-795
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The object of this paper is to report a series of five cases of auricular paroxysmal tachycardia, three of which were successfully arrested by the use of calcium intravenously. In all three cases the paroxysms ended suddenly, almost dramatically, the normal rhythm being immediately restored. In two of the three cases, electrocardiograms were taken during the administration of the drug and show the sudden transition.

These facts are of interest because no method of treatment so far known is always uniformly successful in stopping paroxysms. It has been our experience, as indeed that of all who have treated many cases

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