Worsening dyspnea in a man with 2 hearts

Ann Emerg Med. 2012 Jul;60(1):67-70. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2011.11.039. Epub 2012 Jan 11.


We report a case of dyspnea in a 71-year-old man who underwent heterotopic heart transplantation in 2003. At presentation, electrocardiography showed ventricular fibrillation of the native heart and then a progression to both donor and recipient hearts. Synchronized electrical cardioversion restored sinus rhythm and relieved the patient from his symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Dyspnea / etiology*
  • Heart Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis*
  • Transplantation, Heterotopic*
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / diagnosis*
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / etiology