Electro-acupuncture therapy in a patient with a total artificial heart

Radha Gopalan, Robert L Scott, Francisco Arabia, Krishnaswamy Chandrasekaran

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Abstract

Interaction between the electrical system of implanted cardiovascular devices and electrical stimulation of acupuncture points (electro-acupuncture) can be life-threatening. As a result, there is reluctance to use this modality in patients who have been implanted with any cardiac device. A patient with a total artifi cial heart was successfully treated with electro-acupuncture for infl ammatory arthritis without any adverse events. This case illustrates the safety of electro-acupuncture in patients with a total artificial heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-303
Number of pages2
JournalAcupuncture in Medicine
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

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Acupuncture Therapy
Artificial Heart
Acupuncture Points
Electric Stimulation
Equipment and Supplies
Cardiovascular System
Arthritis
Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Electro-acupuncture therapy in a patient with a total artificial heart. / Gopalan, Radha; Scott, Robert L; Arabia, Francisco; Chandrasekaran, Krishnaswamy.

In: Acupuncture in Medicine, Vol. 29, No. 4, 12.2011, p. 302-303.

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Gopalan, Radha ; Scott, Robert L ; Arabia, Francisco ; Chandrasekaran, Krishnaswamy. / Electro-acupuncture therapy in a patient with a total artificial heart. In: Acupuncture in Medicine. 2011 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 302-303.
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