KISS Paul Stanley has tachycardia incident on stage

KISS band member Paul Stanley, born Stanley Eisen, was forced to pull out of a show in California on Friday after his heart started beating at more than twice the normal level, he said on his Web site.

The tachycardia happened while the band was rehearsing for a performance at a casino in San Jacinto, California, east of Los Angeles.

A normal heart rate at rest is about 60 to 80 beats a minute.  “My heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute, where it stayed for over an hour necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern,” Stanley, 55, wrote on his site (

Tachycardia, or rapid heart rate, can cause shortness of breath, palpitating chest pain, lightheadedness, fainting or near fainting.

Gene Simmons told fans the group would play as a trio, and turned the show into a tribute to his ailing bandmate.


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