If you have a pacemaker…please read on.
In their July 10, 2015 edition, THE WEEK magazine reported on a recent health issue in an article entitled, Health scare of the week: Smartphones vs. Pacemakers. Peak Performance included the article below, with the feeling that this information is of great help to some of
our patients. The article states:
Smartphones can play havoc with pacemakers, defibrillators, and other implanted cardiac devices, according to a new study. A pacemaker, for instance, could misinterpret electromagnetic interference from a smartphone as a cardiac signal and briefly stop working, causing the wearer to faint. And an implanted defibrillator could mistake smart phone activity for a life-threatening heart rhythm and deliver a painful shock. Researchers say that to avoid potentially dangerous cross signals, patients should always keep the smart phone at least 7 inches away from a pacemaker or defibrillator. “That means not storing it in a pocket above the cardiac device,” the study’s author, Dr. Carsten Lennerz, tells the MedicalDaily.com, adding that when in use, the phone should be held to the ear farthest from the implant.