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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Heart disease increases probability of death after taser shock: expert

May 22, 2008
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — A biomechanical engineer says heart disease increases the probability of death after a Taser shock.

Pierre Savard, of Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique, also told a public inquiry into Taser use today that studies on healthy animals are insufficient to conclude the Taser is entirely safe.

Savard appeared at the inquiry via video conference.

He said his conclusion is in accordance with the product warnings issued by Taser International.

Company literature says there is a risk of injury or death due to individual susceptibilities."

Other heart experts have told the inquiry this week that Taser shocks may cause heart problems.

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