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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Complementary and alternative medicine
- Clinical Neurology