Alcohol used to induce heart attack, save patient’s life

In an unconventional treatment, UK doctors saved a man's life by killing off part of his heart muscle with a shot of neat alcohol, inducing a controlled heart attack.

Ronald Aldom, 77, from Portishead near Bristol, had an unusual heart rhythm called ventricular tachychardia that can be fatal. Doctors had tried to treat it using standard methods but with no success. Then they resorted to using pure ethanol to trigger a controlled heart attack and kill off some of his heart muscle, the report said.

Cardiologist Tom Johnson, who carried out the procedure at Bristol Heart Institute, said Aldom was now "much better".

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