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

Radha Gopalan, Robert Scott, Francisco Arabia, Krishnaswamy Chandrasekaran

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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
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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