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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 10 years
My boss has a pacemaker, I should let him know about this. He wants an ipod...
colormesticky colormesticky 10 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 10 years
Woah! One of my aunts has one so I'll make sure and let her know about this.
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 10 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 10 years
Scary!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Well, that sucks! No one I know has a pacemaker. Are they terribly common?
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