Navigation Links
Tasers Can Trigger Fatal Heart Trouble, Study Says
Date:5/1/2012

TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Taser guns used by law enforcement can cause heart rhythm problems, sudden cardiac arrest and death, according to a new study.

Tasers, which are widely used by police forces in the United States and other countries, are designed to stun suspects by delivering a 50,000-volt shock.

Indiana University Health cardiologist Dr. Douglas Zipes analyzed the cases of eight healthy men, ages 16 to 48, who were tasered between 2006 and 2009 and lost consciousness. All but one of the men died.

Zipes reviewed police, medical and emergency response records, autopsy reports, and other sources of information such as witness testimony and data from the Taser devices, automated external defibrillators, and electrocardiograms.

The study found that six of the eight men developed severely abnormal heart rhythms after being tasered.

"This study doesn't say that we should abandon using Taser devices, but it does show that users should exercise caution, avoid chest shocks and monitor the person after shock to ensure there are no adverse reactions," Zipes, who is also a professor emeritus of medicine with the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at the Indiana School of Medicine, said in an Indiana University Health news release.

"Taser users need to be prepared for the possibility of inducing sudden cardiac arrest in those stunned and have adequate medical knowledge in such situations," he added.

The study was published April 30 in the journal Circulation.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about sudden cardiac arrest.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Indiana University Health, news release, April 30, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Tasers Can Trigger Fatal Heart Trouble: Study
2. Blue Cross Claim That 39% Premium Hikes Due Only to Escalating Cost of Health Care Trigger Calls for Regulation of Rates
3. Small Time Company Rolls into the Big League: Trigger Point Performance Therapy Selected to Attend Athletes' Performance NFL Combine Preparation Program
4. Stress hormone, depression trigger obesity in girls
5. Discovery of cellular switch may provide new means of triggering cell death, treating disease
6. Measles Outbreak Triggered by Unvaccinated Child
7. Movies Trigger Young Adult Smokers to Light Up
8. UNC study offers first clinical evidence of anti-cancer drug triggering viral infection
9. Genetics, Psychology May Trigger ADHD
10. Love Making And Exercise Can Trigger Headache Pain?
11. A century-old puzzle comes together: Scientists ID potential protein trigger in lung disease sarcoidosis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tasers Can Trigger Fatal Heart Trouble, Study Says
(Date:12/6/2016)... , ... December 06, 2016 , ... 'Tis the season ... daily routines. That means it's also the season when eating healthy, staying active, and ... diabetes) on schedule is harder to do. , "Shopping trips, parties and family ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently gave a best-in-class 5 star rating to SpinLife, a ... to people who need help getting around. For some, advancing age has led to ... rehabilitation after an illness or accident. There is a wide variety of scooters, from ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 , ... What: Shriners ... of the North Pole to our patients – using a video monitor and web-enabled ... The hospital will transform the Auditorium into a Christmas Wonderland, which is where the ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... ... For many years, Andrew G. Zubinas has accumulated over 130 ... the Lithuanian language and its poetry inspired him in writing “ Forest ... all aspects of a living, breathing forest where nothing ever stays the same. His ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... Novato, CA (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 ... ... company, has extended its partnership with leading global lifestyle design firm kathy ireland® ... , Worldwise® and kathy ireland® Worldwide entered into an exclusive licensing agreement three ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... United Kingdom , Dec. 5, 2016   ... leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that it ... 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey ... lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered ... the ranks of 517 major U.S. businesses which also ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... Dec. 5, 2016  Parallax Health Sciences, Inc. ("Parallax" ... announce that its pharmaceutical business, RoxSan Pharmacy, Inc. has ... coverage in all of the 42 states it is ... Michael Rashti Pharm . D, Pharmacist in Charge ... for our business. Medicare B spending last year came ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... Research, Disease Diagnostics), End User (Academic & Research Institutes, Pharmaceutical & ... offering. ... The western blotting market is expected ... in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 4.9%. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: