Archive - May 2, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - May 2, 2012 - SCA Article

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Stun Guns Can Trigger Sudden Cardiac Arrest

INDIANAPOLIS -- A review of case reports published April 30 in the journal Circulation indicates that being shocked in the chest with an electronic control device or stun gun can result in sudden cardiac arrest.

The article is reportedly the first one published in a peer-reviewed medical journal citing the connection.

“Law enforcement and other individuals using a stun gun need to be aware that cardiac arrest can occur, however infrequently, and therefore it should be used judiciously, and an unconscious individual should be monitored closely and resuscitated if necessary,” said study author Douglas P. Zipes, MD, Distinguished Professor and director emeritus of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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