The Risks of Electric Currents at Home

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Dear Sir,

I read with interest the article on the cardiac effects of lightning strikes, published in AER last year.1 ‘Never bathe or take a shower during a thunderstorm,’ as the saying goes. Sudden cardiac death, which is more common in the bathtub or under the shower, in some cases may be due to non-electrocuting, mild stray electric currents not felt by the victim or noticed by the family, nor diagnosed at autopsy.

Boghos L Artinian, Private Practice, Beirut, Lebanon


  1. Christophides T, Khan S, Ahmad M, et al. Cardiac effects of lightning strikes. Arrhythm Electrophysiol Rev 2017;6:114–7.
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