Can you have acupuncture if you have a heart stent?

We are not aware of any reason why acupuncture is contra-indicated when someone has had a stent or stents inserted. The only advice we give to members in this area is to avoid using retained needles when someone has had a heart valve replaced and to avoid electroacupuncture if someone has a pacemaker. The second is self-explanatory and the first is because there is a slightly increased risk of endocarditis in people who have had rheumatic heart disease and artificial valves implanted if needles are left in place for a long time.

 

 

Acupuncture when performed by a fully qualified and properly trained professional remains an extremely safe procedure.

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