The Mystery of a Heart Patient's Split Personality

A fainting spell uncovers a lurking heart symptom — with a bizarre behavioral twist.

I was getting ready for rounds when the page came in. “We have a stat consult in the ER,” I told my entourage when I hung up the phone. “A woman presented with syncope and significant bradycardia.” “What’s that?” asked Ellie. I almost forgot my teenage daughter was shadowing me today.  “A fainting spell,” I explained, as Brian and Adam, the medical residents assigned to my service, and Ellie and I proceeded at a brisk pace to the emergen...

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