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Why hugging can be useful_other reasons

April 8, 2015

Have you ever given serious thought to the concept of a hug? Who would have thought that a hug could be more than just a hug! Check this short post out from a fellow blogger. I was left in amazement! ~Hospitality Shero

writing with the stethoscope

I am writing a medical article about Heyde’s syndrome and while reading one of the case reports I came across this introduction of the patient background. It is astonishing how this woman got diagnosed with aortic stenosis. After giving her little granddaughter a hug:

In october 2002, a woman aged 68 became dyspnoeic with decreased exercise tolerance and episodic chest pain. Prompted by her 8-year-old granddaughter, who on hugging her had commented that her heart ‘sounded funny0, she consulted her general practicioner, who diagnosed aortic stenosis, later confirmed by echocardiogram.

Hasan, Fyeza, Ciara S O’Brien, Aparna Sanyal, and Harry R Dalton. “Aortic Stenosis and Gastrointestinal Bleeding.” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 97, no. 2 (February 2004): 81–82.

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