iPods Can Cause Pacemakers to Malfunction

A 17-year-old high school student in Michigan has uncovered that iPods can cause pacemakers to malfunction. A study that tested 83 elderly patients had an iPod just two inches from their chest for five to 10 seconds. Telemetry interference occurred in 29 percent of the patients, and a pacemaker misreading the heart’s function occurred in 20 percent of patients, according to HealthDay News. In some cases, electrical interference was detected from as far as 18 inches away, and in one patient, the pacemaker stopped working.”



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