Smartphones and smartwatches affect pacemakers

Defibrillators are medical devices used to administer and regulate heart rhythms in emergency situations, to correct tachycardia. The FDA has warned that cell phones and smartwatches can affect the functioning of pacemakers.

The US Food and Drug Administration said that the powerful magnets found in some cell phones and smartwatches could interfere with the work of pacemakers and other implanted medical devices, according to the US website UPI.

Studies have shown that these high-strength magnets may cause some implanted medical devices to switch to magnetic mode, which stops their work until the magnet is removed from the device.

And many implanted medical devices contain a magnetic mode which allows them to be operated safely during medical procedures, such as magnetic resonance imaging scans. Doctors usually activate this mode by placing a high-strength magnet near the device, then the device returns to its normal position after removing the field. Magnetic.

The US Food and Drug Administration said in a statement released this week that patients who have implanted medical devices should take these precautions:

  • Keep cell phones and smartwatches six inches away from implanted medical devices, especially pacemakers.
  • Do not put cell phones in the pocket on top of medical devices.
  • Checking the implanted device regularly.
  • Talk to your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms or if there are questions about the magnets in electronic devices and implanted medical devices.
  • Knowing that when approaching high-strength magnets, devices with magnetic mode can stop working or change their mode of operation.

These implanted devices were designed to help treat heart disorders, such as fast or slow heart rate, and the Food and Drug Administration warned that if these devices stop working, the patient may become dizzy, lose consciousness or die.

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