Study: iPods Interfere With Pacemakers
People with pacemakers may need to steer clear of iPods, if a recent study is to be believed. According to Reuters, a 17-year-old high school student recently presented a paper to to the Heart Rhythm Society’s annual meeting arguing that iPods interfere with electromagnetic equipment of pacemakers, Reuters reported Friday.
The study concludes both that the iPods may cause the pacemakers to malfunction, and that iPod interference can lead to misdiagnosis of heart function.
While the study came from a 17-year-old high school senior, it wasn’t a mere lark; author Jay Thaker did research at the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute at Michigan State University. He found that nearly half of the sample group of 100 participants in the study showed some interference when an iPod was held near their pacemaker for 5 to 10 seconds. The study’s other author, Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin, is a researcher and assistant professor at Michigan State, and a friend of Thaker’s father, an electrophysiologist.