IPODS, and pacemakers.

This is an addition to Blake's post. Thanks Blake for looking further into this topic.
Although this post is taken from a comment made, in answer to the study led by 17 yrs old Jay Thaker, it, in no way should be taken as an actual fact, since no studies have been conducted, that I know of, as to its veracity.
" A 3.7v device, such as an IPOD, backed by enough current, is ample to cause short range Radio-Frequency-Emissions, that will penetrate flesh easily. The aluminum shell of a pacemaker is not grounded, and may actually be the cause of the problem. "
I thought it sounded logical enough to me to share this with all of you.
Take care, everyone,

~ Dominique ~


4 Comments

IPODs and pacemakers

by CathrynB - 2007-05-14 11:05:59

Interesting. I thought all pacemakers were made of titanium, not aluminum? Does anyone know? Cathryn

IPODs and pacemakers

by Vicens - 2007-05-15 04:05:50

Hi: I've just readmore about IPODs interfering with
pacemakers at:
http://heart.health.ivillage.com/newsstories/
ipodsmakeheartskipbeat.cfm?general=NL_HEART

It is something to keep in mind.
Bye

IPODS

by lady4law - 2007-05-15 08:05:15

On a recent trip I used my husband's IPOD to watch a recorded TV program, with no problem. However, yetserday my husband gave me a smaller version IPOD, for my birthday present. (Doesn't display videos). Later, I was sitting down and holding it near my chest and my PM reacted so severely I felt the PM in my throat.

Side issue, my husband placed his IPOD in his pants next to his parking pass (similar to a credit card) only later to discover the magnetic strip distroyed. He quickly replace the card only to have the same thing occure again. After his 3rd replacement in the same number of days, he and the attendent concluded the IPOD was demagnitizing the card. If the IPOD can demagnitize our credit cards, think what they can do to our PMs. I won't give up my IPOD, and will not have my PM removed, so I'll keep my IPOD in my right side pocket and not near my chest.

Pacemaker casing.

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-05-15 12:05:01

Hi Cathryn.

You are right, typically, the casing of a pacemaker is made of titanium, or a titanium alloy.
Titanium alloys, typically contain aluminum and tin; though they can also contain molybdenum, zirconium, nitrogen, vanadium, columbium, tantalium, and silicon.
I don't know what most of those are, I just copied the information from a web site. I was as curious as you were to find out.
So, now we know.
Take care,

~ Dominique ~

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