Stories tagged heart health

Feb
04
2008

Keep the beat: New research has found that iPod put out little, if any, electromagnetism that could interfere with a pacemaker inside a person's chest.
Keep the beat: New research has found that iPod put out little, if any, electromagnetism that could interfere with a pacemaker inside a person's chest.Courtesy wikipedia
Just in case you’re a pacemaker wearer who likes to listen music on an iPod, you can listen loudly and not worry about your tunes messing up your pulse.

Last spring Science Buzz reported the findings of a high school student-conducted research project that showed iPods worn on the chest could interfere with pacemakers.

Now comes a more clinical study that shows the impact of an iPod close to a pacemaker is negligible if anything at all.

In fact, the electromagnetic field surrounding an iPod subsides dramatically even just one centimeter away from its case, the study found. And at a distance of less than three inches away, an iPod played at full volume could not induce any voltage to a pacemaker contained in saline solution inside a human-torso replica.

The study was conducted by officials from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. And four different types of iPods of varying sizes were tested in conjunction with study. The work began as a result of the concern the original study raised when it was presented to the Heart Rhythm Society last spring.

Full details of the latest study on iPod/pacemaker interaction can be found here.

Of course, the study did not look into the impact listening to a heart-breaking Willie Nelson song on your iPod might have on your pacemaker or other heart functions. You’re on your own to figure that out.