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Study: iPods Can Make Pacemaker Malfunction

Thinking of getting mom and pops an iPod for their next birthday? If they have a pacemaker, you might want to think again.

A study of 83 volunteers with pacemakers found the music devices interfered with the pacemakers about 30 percent of the time. The study was conducted by a 17-year-old Michigan high school student Jay Thayer and Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin, a University of Michigan cardiologist.

Apparently, the iPod interference caused pacemakers to misread the heart's pacing in most cases and in one cause, the pacemaker stopped.
Here's more:

The iPod - like microwave ovens, cell phones and other electronic devices - appears to cause a problem by creating an electromagnetic field that interferes with the electric function of the pacemakers, Thayer said.

Personally, I want to know what the test subjects were listening to. I know Luda and R.Kelly make me feel like I could have a heart attack.

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catstarr catstarr 8 years
My boss has a pacemaker, I should let him know about this. He wants an ipod...
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I know a couple people with pacemakers. That's pretty scary. It seems like they ought to look into that and maybe include a warning on the packaging.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Woah! One of my aunts has one so I'll make sure and let her know about this.
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 8 years
okay i have a pacemaker and have an ipod! i think they are talking about how close your ipod (or any electronic device- like a cell phone) is to your device. basically my EP has said that i should place it on the opposite side of my body and as far away as possible. i do do believe that they can create an electromagnetic fields that interferes with the electric function of the pacemakers or defibrillators for that matter (as i also know- yeah weird!). and while your medical device is down- should you have an arrythmia you basically have nothing to save you and depending on where you are it could be fatal. keep me posted on this!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Scary!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Scary!
jendudley jendudley 8 years
Well, that sucks! No one I know has a pacemaker. Are they terribly common?
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