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An 80-year-old man with history of atrial flutter and tachy-brady syndrome presented to our hospital with dyspnoea and hypotension. Two days prior, he had undergone atrial flutter ablation and permanent pacemaker placement, and was discharged on dabigatran. Physical examination was remarkable for hypotension, tachycardia, elevated jugular venous pressure (JVP) and pulsus paradoxus. 12-lead ECG revealed atrial flutter and QRS electrical alternans …
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Competing interests DHS receives royalties from his textbook, ‘The Pericardium: A Comprehensive Textbook (Fundamental and Clinical Cardiology)’.
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