IU Health Study: Tasers Produce Dangerous Heart Rhythms

Dr. Douglas Zipes says tasers can provoke sudden cardiac arrest and even death.

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An IU Health researcher says stun guns contribute to potentially dangerous heart rhythms.

According to a new study from an Indiana University Health researcher, tasers can be more dangerous than previously thought.

A study analyzed eight cases from 2006 to 2009 in men aged 16 to 48. Zipes says he examined police and medical emergency response records in addition to electrocardiogram strips and other documents. He says he had access to materials that previous studies did not have.

Zipes says they found severely abnormal heart rhythms following exposure. He says the study shows that users should be careful when employing tasers, avoid chest shocks and monitor people after shocking them make sure that there are no adverse reactions.

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