I found out when I got home today that the physical therapist who comes to the house to work with my mom used a TENS unit on her today. My mom has pain from compression fractures in an area under her left shoulder blade, not far from her heart. I was advised by her doctor that care needed to be taken with these units because of my mom's heart issues, yet the therapist used the unit on her, likely because she doesn't know my mom has atrial fib. The good part was the pain went away, but I can't help but be concerned that 1) this could have caused my mom to go into atrial fib again, and 2) the therapist crossed a line by not discussing her plans in advance with me. On top of the atrial fib, my mom has dementia and can barely work the TV remote control. Realistically I don't think she would be able to use this type of pain relief on her own.
Has anyone else seen this happen with a home health professional?