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.
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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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