AFIB and Tens machine usage

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Had AFIB episode this March, shocked into rhythm.  Have lower back pain, bought WiTouch Pro TENS machine for pain BUT the warning sheet says Do not use if rhythm disturbances to the heart.  Anyone know if TENS is safe on lower back, any experiences with afib and tens usage?  Would greatly appreciate feed back.


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    I cannot say if this is safe, all I can relate is my own experience. I have Ventricular Tachycardia that was cured with an ablation, but I still have PVCs and PACS.

    I too have lower back pain and know from experience that the "SlenderTone" for men belt I have does wonders for my back, I have it on maximum setting for hours on end and it hasnt done anything to my heart.

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    Evelyn, oh yes by all means the tens unit is great for back pain. I have problems with PVC's... and was told by my cardiologist that they are common and nothing to worry about. Although I will say they cause me a lot of anxiety when they happen. I can go for long periods when few to none, then I have episodes that I have them very frequently through out the day - and sometimes at night. But I also have lower back pain when I over do it. I bought a tens unit a few months ago and it really helps me very much. In the booklet that came with the unit it saysI that you shouldn't use it on your chest or head. But it will do you lots of good on your back. I think that is what they mean - just don't use it on your chest for heart rhythm issues.

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    I would like to know that as  well. I too have a TENS for lower back, and AFIB
    • Posted

      My doctor said no to my using a TENS machine as I have AF. The instruction sheet with the one I bought for my wife confirmed that.


  • Posted

    Evelyn. I have afib since Christmas eve. Abliation and cardioverted.  What meds are you on to control your heart rate. Thank yiu
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      They wanted me to start Amiodarone but after researching it I decided it was too bad of a drug.  My AF has not come back (that I know of), each time they check me they say my heart is in rhythm.  They also started me on Warfarin for possible blood clots. I started taking Magnesium each day, orally and topically.  Some very interesting info on Magnesium levels and AF.

      (Sending the Tens mach back by the way).


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    Dang, I was actually thinking of trying one out to see if it might help arrhythmias, which I presume are just PVCs and PACs.  Hoping that anything caused by crosstalk with the vagus nerve might be suppressed by TENS.

    I don't suppose anyone can report any good news like that?

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    In reply to your concerns about Tens Unit use, I believe i have figured out what caused me to have a dozen or more extra heartbeats every minute for the past 48 hours! Ive had a telehealth visit with a heart specialist and i almost drove to the ER for an EKG when i came across this website. I thought my problem was stress. I was using my tens quite effectively for low back pain. The arrhythmias began about an hour after using it. I added a magnesium chloride supplement to calm my heart muscle this evening also. Now i believe i shall try massage for any further back troubles.

  • Posted

    Listen to what the instructions say and always consult with the doctor for consideration.

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