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Looking for Online Advice on Your Heart Device? Beware


​MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Folks using online message boards to learn more about their heart implant should take any advice they come across with a grain of salt.
 
Researchers report it's as likely as not the guidance they find will be bogus.
 
About half of the advice related to heart implants found on an anonymous online board was either erroneous, controversial or not specific enough for people to know whether it would apply to them, said lead researcher Christopher Knoepke, an instructor of cardiology at the University of Colorado in Denver.
 
"Patients should be advised that discussions on these online message boards can provide some good, basic information, but more complicated and in-depth advice may be problematic," Knoepke said.