DEVICE SAFETY: Abdominal muscle stimulators

May 2003 
Volume 33  Number 5
Pages 27 - 27
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© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 33(5)             May 2003             p 27 Can you stomach it? Abdominal muscle stimulators [DEVICE SAFETY]


Joan Ferlo Todd is a nurse-consultant at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Md. Beverly Albrecht Gallauresi coordinates Device Safety.

For further consumer information on abdominal stimulators, please see the FDA Web site at .

A 38-YEAR-OLD woman with an implantable cardioverter/defibrillator used an abdominal stimulator to try to flatten her belly. She got a jolt of electricity that knocked her unconscious. An abdominal muscle stimulator is a battery-powered belt worn around the waist, thighs, or arms. Electrodes connected by wires to the belt deliver current to the encircled area and cause muscle ...

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