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Cardiac arrhythmia and myocardial ischaemia related to cocaine and alcohol consumption.
  1. F. Boag,
  2. C. W. Havard


    Following the drinking of 150 g of alcohol and a large amount of intra-nasal cocaine a previously healthy 31 year old man developed severe retrosternal pain and circulatory failure. An electrocardiogram showed supra-ventricular tachycardia with widespread ischaemic changes. Following electrical cardioversion electrocardiographic evidence of myocardial ischaemia persisted for 1 h. Two days later basal and exercise electrocardiograms were normal. The combination of alcohol and cocaine may be life threatening.

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