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November 19, 2008

iPods may interfere with pacemakers and implanted defibrillators

There was a study recently about how iPods' earbuds and headphones may interfere with implantable heart devices. There may be questions for patients and families the about safety of using the iPods if they have a heart device. Following are the guidelines developed in the U-M Cardiovascular Center:

People with heart devices can use iPods normally and keep the headphones or earbuds in their ears, but they should avoid putting the headphones or earbuds near the device. Even if the earbuds or headphones are disconnected, they should be kept least 1.5 inches (3 centimeters) from the skin’s surface. Do not put headphones or earbuds in a shirt or a coat pocket near the chest and do not drape them over the chest or shoulders. People with pacemakers or defibrillators should not have others who are wearing headphones or earbuds rest their head on the patient's chest.

Posted by rvolk at November 19, 2008 04:11 PM

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