Ipods and Pacemakers

Hey Everyone,

Please check this out, very interesting article on PM’s and Ipods, they mention how many people who have pacemakers aren’t affected by Ipods becuase they don’t use them.. But I am 23 years old have a PaceMaker and use an Ipod I guess I should stop using them... anyone have thoughts?

http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/
conditions/05/10/heart.ipods.reut/index.html



Thanks,
Alexis


6 Comments

IPODS

by TOGUY - 2007-05-11 01:05:19

hi,
Just to let you know I use my Ipod every day. I have had no problems,keep it in my right pants pocket away from my PM. hope this helps enjoy your tunes.
Gary

IPODS

by Shell - 2007-05-11 02:05:16

I heard this morning and had to tell my husband. I think they need to more study on it. First of all, it was done by a 17 year old high school senior. Then, it was done on only 100 people with an average age of 77. That doesn't seem very scientific to me.They also say that it doesn't matter because most people with pacemakers don't use I Pods. Have they conducted a survey on this? They must think that all people with PM are older.(not that they can't use I-Pods) We know that's not the case. I personally have had no problem using one. We sure have a poll here on how many people have I-Pods on this site.

ipods and pacemakers do not mix.

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-05-11 05:05:41

Hi Shell.

That's why I encouraged everyone to visit the site mentioned in my post, because the comments, in answer to the article are worth reading.

~ Dominique ~

Pacemakers and IPods

by BABlocker - 2007-05-11 10:05:06

I am a 50 year old consistent exerciser who uses an IPod daily during my cardio workouts and have no problems. My IPod is usually on my waist, a safe distance from my PM and I think that is the key.

Like any device that can cause EMI, common sense is important. If you are experiencing adverse reactions from a device, move away from the interference. If you are not, enjoy!

If you have further concerns, rather than depriving yourself of something you enjoy based on one small study, ask your cardiologist/EP for their opinion.

I intend to continue to enjoy my IPOD for years to come.

So far no problem either

by horselady - 2007-05-12 05:05:11

I'm 28, have a pacemaker since I was 14, and I've had my ipod now for a little over a year, and I've never experienced any problems.
When I exercise, I use an armband, which so far I've placed on my left arm. My pacemaker happens to be on the left side though, underneath the muscle , and after reading this article, I think this might be a little too close. So even though i've never had any problems, just to be safe from now on I will just use my armband on my right arm.

Daniela

I like music, too!

by StrawberryWaffles - 2007-07-06 10:07:40

I'm 42, just got pacer in september 2006. I've just recently purchased mp3 player and have only encountered one ploblem. I was asking the salesman at radio shak, "if anyone had complained of interference having pacemakers"? His response, "usually people with pacemakers don't use these"! I should of walked right out of the store, but, i saw they had a sale and purchased one anyway. Just where do people come up with these studies...get real...we like music, too!

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