Vital Signs: Heart Smarts

I knew just the right drug to calm my patient's racing heart. I just had no proof it would work.

By Tony Dajer|Monday, June 01, 1998
Magnesium? Winnie asked, keeping her tone as loose as an unwinding coil of slack line. Magnesium? Yup. Magnesium, I repeated. One gram iv. I caught her lingering look, but Winnie and I go back six years. Once she was sure I meant it, she produced the vial. One gram, coming up. Mrs. Wu, our elderly patient, had come in gasping for air. She had been shopping with her daughter when suddenly her legs lost power and her lungs grew tight. As soon as Mrs. Wu arrived, Winnie had put her on oxygen; no...
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