Don't Forget Commotio Cordis

Barry J. Maron, Mark S. Link

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Non-penetrating chest blows can occasionally trigger fatal ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden death (commotio cordis). Such events were initially reported in association with sporting activities and projectiles such as baseball/lacrosse balls. However, similar potentially fatal chest blows, seemingly incapable of causing death, can occur during a variety of other circumstances such as when delivered during a fight (by a fist) such as in the accompanying paper. Notably, commotio cordis events can be reversed by resuscitation and defibrillation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-135
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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