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Roller coasters: a source of fun and tears
  1. Simon G Anderson1,2,
  2. Tsun K Lai1,
  3. Tom Newton3,
  4. Scot Garg1
  1. 1Cardiology Department, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn, UK
  2. 2Cardiovascular Research Group, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  3. 3Radiology Department, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Scot Garg, Cardiology Department, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden Road, Blackburn BB2 3HH, UK; scot.garg{at}

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A previously fit 43-year-old man presented with sudden onset, severe, tearing intrascapular chest pain one day after visiting an amusement park where he had engaged in a number of high-speed rides. Examination was unremarkable apart from a prominent diastolic murmur; blood pressure was 144/61 mm Hg. There was biochemical evidence of acute renal failure and microscopic haematuria. His electrocardiogram showed non-specific infero-lateral T-wave changes. Urgent trans-thoracic echocardiography (figure 1) demonstrated evidence of a …

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  • Contributors SGA and SG were responsible for the drafting of the manuscript and TN, SGA, TKL and SG for the interpretation of the results.

  • Competing interests None.

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