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Acupuncture in the Treatment of Patients with Cardiac Arrhythmias

Keywords:
CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS, ARRYTHMIA, HEART

Summary:
In a review of 8 studies examining the effects of acupuncture in patients with cardiac arrhythmias, 87-100% of subjects involved in the studies were found to convert to normal sinus rhythm after acupuncture. However, the authors point out that the methodological quality of the studies was not optimal, pointing to the need for better designed and controlled clinical trials. The authors conclude, "…More rigorous studies are needed with standardized treatment protocols, diverse patient populations, and long-term follow-up."

"The effects of acupuncture on cardiac arrhythmias: a literature review," VanWormer AM, Lindquist R, Sendelbach SE, Heart Lung, 2008; 37(6): 425-31. (Address: Arin M. VanWormer, MS, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 4-136 WDH, 308 Harvard St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA).

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