iPods Don't Harm Pacemakers, New Study Reveals
People relying on pacemakers don't have to avoid iPods or any other kind of portable music players, a new research revealed. The devices have no effect on the pacemakers and, therefore, the patients don't risk having a heart attack.
February 4, 2008
The research comes as a response to previous claims that close contact between pacemakers and music players could lead to the malfunctioning of the former. The disputed was ignited recently due to an incident where a a cardiac pacemaker was believed to have been influenced by the electromagnetic interference from a portable music player.
According to researcher at the US Food and Drug Administration Howard Bassen, there is no link between the two devices that could justify such a claim.
"Based on the observations of our in-vitro study we conclude that no interference effects can occur in pacemakers exposed to the iPod devices we tested," Bassen wrote.
The study measured the low-frequency magnetic field emissions from several iPod music players, all of them placed at 2.7cm above the pacemaker case.