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hearts stents and electrical shocks

my husband had a heart stent put in his heart in 2008.  (cercumflex artery 95% plugged)  he experienced and electrial shock from electrical machine.  He 1/2 hour later experienced nausea with a salty taste in his mouth.  Could this affect the stent?
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367994 tn?1304957193
Electrical discharge into the body system is very unpredictable.  I can find no source that acknowledges an electrical shock can cause any harmful effects with a stent implant...
Hope this helps, take care

Ken
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976897 tn?1379171202
No electricity wouldn't affect the stent. If it was conducting, then it would simply act like a faraday cage, passing the current around it to surrounding tissue.
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367994 tn?1304957193
That may be true "passing the current around it to surrounding tissue", but wouldn't the increased current be associated with the resistance of the stent (current equals resistance time divided by volts.  If the stent conducts that would indicate lower or no resistance and reduced amps..? high resistance would increase amps (current).  We know it is the high amps that is the danger.  I believe the faraday cage is associated with electromagnetic force and electric field and magnetic field are two quite different phenomonon, and not necessarily related. Am I viewing from a wrong perspective?



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976897 tn?1379171202
Actually I was wrong about the faraday cage, thinking about it. The stent is basically earthed, where a faraday cage isn't. A car for example, is isolated by rubber. A plane is in the air or on rubber etc. Current is not always increased with resistance, it depends if the resistance is in series or parallel. Surely the current simply wants to earth, so if it enters the hand, it won't go through the heart unless you are isolated from the floor and have your other hand on something to earth the current. Even then, it's very unlikely a tiny stent will be affected. Different story with a pacemaker or ICD unit tho.
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367994 tn?1304957193
Also, keep in mind the electrical force is alternating current.
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