Study: iPods can make pacemakers malfunction

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Apple Hardware
    Link: Study: iPods can make pacemakers malfunction
    Description:: Electrical interference was detected half of the time when the iPod was held just 2 inches from the patient's chest for 5 to 10 seconds.

    The study did not examine any portable music devices other than iPods, which are made by Apple Inc.

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  2. macrumors 68030

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Sounds like they need to build better pacemakers.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2006
    how about cellphones? Zunes? Digital Camera's?

    My money says they all do it.
  4. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    This high school science project, which tested only one device and probably didn't even have a control group (a turned off device) is headlines news on CNN because it has the word "iPod."
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    Queens, NYC
    You know, one of the docs did say that this requires further study. As they should. And yes, it's entirely logical to think that other portable electronic devices within a 2-inch proximity to a patient's chest can affect their pacemakers.

    Betcha someone's going to make a special fancy iPod case to block the EM interference...

    EDIT: Am willing to concede the lack of mention of a study group to be off-putting, but that may be an omission by the reporter instead of an omission by the study. I'd bug CNN about it, but I'm lazy.
  6. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Me calling it a high school science project was not a snide insult--that's what it actually was :) Albeit with a real institution involved.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I'd imagine any device that causes the wearer to breakdance every so often could have implications on pacemakers.

    Perhaps we should just ban the elderly and sick. Not from iPods, just in general!
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Well the solution is obvious:

    The iPaceMaker.

    A heart beat regulator with built in 4Gb flash MP3 player. And when you close your eyes, you can see your iPhoto library.

    The headphones plug into your left nipple.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Also note the phrase "electrical interference was detected half the time." In other words, there's a 50/50 chance of an iPod causing interference. This doesn't really seem like major news (especially coming from a high school student's somewhat incomplete experiment).

    Perhaps Microsoft's Zune sales are hurting and they needed something else to counteract iPod sales. :p
  10. macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2005
    Rocky Face, GA
    Hmmmm very interesting to me.

    I am a pacemaker patient and have been an iPod user for about 3 years now. I have had no problems but I also don't hold my iPod in the area of my pacemaker. I have had a pacemaker since I was 3, I am soon to be 29.

    In an earlier post someone also asked about cell phones. There is a warning that you shouldn't use your cell phone with the ear closest to your pacemaker and it should also not be carried within 6 inches of the pacemaker. For most younger pacemaker patients this could be a problem with both devices. pacemaker are put into the abdomen area of most patients under the age of 13 and older patients have it in the pectoral area of the chest since at your teen years you start to develop some added protection in this area.

    I haven't yet read the whole article but this one really peaks my interest since I am directly affected by this study.

  11. macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    Let's all buy this guy an iPod!

    And this revolutionary finding proves at last that the iPod is, in fact, an electronic device. Thanks, Jay!

    Which gives Wonkette an idea...

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  12. macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2007
    So that's one place that you can't "put some music on".

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