Pothole jolts man’s heart rate back to normal


(WFLA/CNN) – Most people complain about potholes, but a Nebraska man may have one to thank for saving his life. 

WOWT reports an ambulance from the town of Gretna was en route to Lakeside Hospital, transporting a patient with a racing heart. The man’s heart reportedly hit a rate of 200 beats per minute.

As paramedics worked to get his heart rate down, the rig hit a pothole and the man’s heart rate went back down to normal. 

Dr. Andrew Goldsweig of Nebraska Medicine it’s a rare phenomenon, but totally possible.

“One way to treat that is with an electrical shock. Classically, you’ll see it on television. The paddles… clear… and a big jolt. Turns out, you can do that with a pothole,” Goldsweig said 

The doctor recalled a case from the late 70s, where a patient’s heart rate went back to normal after an ambulance hit a speed bump.

Friends of the patient in Nebraska say they expect the man to fully recover. 


Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Videos

More Video

More Local News

3-Day Forecast

Trending Stories