nintendo and game boy

does anyone know if nintendo and game boys cause interfernece with the pacemaker and icd's i know awhile back there was concern over ipods. it will be helpful to know for me as i will be with my grand children three weeks in august. thanks maureen


Hi Maureen

by Rewiredaussiegirl - 2007-07-09 09:07:53

Hi Maureen
When I look after my grandchildren I just tell them that Nanna cannot quite understand these computer games and that they might zap me-I keep a safe distance from them and catch on some magazines and knitting while they play computer games!!
I make a lovely cuppa tea or coffee and put my feet up!(Makes baby sitting real easy!!-Kay

Nintendo and Game Boy.

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-07-09 09:07:59

Hi Maureen.

I think this information answers for both. My grand children have the Nintendo DS, and it's the deluxe Game Boy.

~ Dominique ~

WARNING - Radio Frequency Interference

The Nintendo DS can emit radio waves that can affect the operation of nearby electronics, including cardiac pacemakers.

* Do not operate the Nintendo DS within 9 inches of a pacemaker while using the wireless feature.
* If you have a pacemaker or other implanted medical device, do not use the wireless feature of the Nintendo DS without first consulting your physician or the manufacturer of your medical device.
* Observe and follow all regulations and rules regarding use of wireless devices in locations such as hospitals, airports, and on board aircraft. Operation in those locations may interfere with or cause malfunctions of equipment, with resulting injuries to persons or damage to property.


by Karen - 2007-07-10 04:07:20

I played nintendo and gameboy with my nieces and nephews and never gave it a thought about it bothering my pacemaker. I also played the Wii with them that new system that uses the hand wand/controller thing.


by dettiger2003 - 2007-07-10 05:07:42

I have a pacemaker and I am a huge gamer. I have never had a problem with a game boy, nintendo ds, psp, or even an ipod.

I use most of these things everyday.

PM. interference??

by johng - 2007-07-10 08:07:57

Hi !,
Maureen, I regularly use computer style games with my Grandsons. Nintendo, PS2,etc., and radio controlled boats and Aircraft.
No problems!!

You would have to put these devices VERY close or touching the PM. or ICD. to affect it.

You mention the concern expressed about IPOD's.
This was raised by a seventeen year student at a symposium. (Heart Rhythm Society?).

He is the son of a well known Cardiologist. I think the popular press took an interest because of the name.
It is my belief they thought it was his father's paper.
There has been no follow-up, (to my knowledge).


by jessie - 2007-07-10 09:07:53

this is helpful johng. i will pass this info on to my daughter. thank you again maureen

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