Acupuncture Treatment for Patients Who Develop Arrhythmias in the Post-Operative Cardio-Thoracic Setting


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 17-006095
    NCT ID: NCT03525860
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 17-006095

About this study

A feasibility study on the provision of acupuncture treatment in the hospital to 20 patients who have undergone open heart surgery procedures. The acupuncture treatments may begin as early as postoperative Day 2.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who have undergone CABG, cardiac valve operations, and/or septal myectomies and pericardiectomies.
  • Patients developing postoperative atrial fibrillation, and documented by ECG.
  • Ability to provide informed consent.
  • Ability to speak English and complete all aspects of this trial.
  • At least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with any other cardiac or non-cardiac concomitant procedures.
  • Patients with suspected sternal wound infection and/or with prolonged sternal wound dressing and wound- Vac-system application or open chest wound.
  • Patients with abnormal postoperative track staying in the intensive care unit for any clinical reason or hemodynamic compromise.
  • Patients with platelet count <50,000.
  • Patients in a severe immunocompromised state.
  • Pregnant women. All patients who meet the criteria will have their medical records reviewed to ensure they are not pregnant.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

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Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Chaim Leker Locker, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Heather Ondler Hinson


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