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hi I didn't have a heart attack but a blocked heart artery in april last year and a single stent was inserted. I have some back pain and wish to use a TENS machine, they say to check with your GP if ok to use if you have had a heart issue before. Can u let me know if i am ok to proceed with using this machine

I am in good health and no re occuring heart related issues


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Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring.

I would like some additional information from you, so that I can provide my best learned opinion.

1. Are you on a pacemaker / ICD of any kind ? Do you have any metal implants such as prosthetic knee etc. ?
2. Was there any heart rhythm problem associated with this cardiac issue you had last year ?
3. Are you on any medication / medical device as of now ?
4. Where do you intent to use TENS machine or for what sort of pain .

You can reply as a followup.
Thank you

Patient replied :

no pacemaker,or such like. Only metal implant is a stent. No rhythm issues. On no medication
Wish to use Tens machine for a sore upper back.
pls advise is ok,thanks


Coronary Stents are considered acceptably safe for TENS. As per the medical details provided by you, using TENS appears safe for you. Please followup your Doctor's guidelines and ALL the guidelines in the TENS leaflet / package insert.

Contact your healthcare provider in case if you experience any discomfort.

Hope this helps
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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