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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can the vagal nerve stimulation device cause cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 49 years experience
Possibly: In a damaged heart , vagal stimulation will decrease the heart rate and atrial contractility thus decreasing ventricular filling .This effect can produce cardiac arrest in in circumstances of coronary artery disease or low ef cardiomyopathy.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
A first: I am not aware of any reports of this happening, and a quick search of the literature turned up nothing.

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