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Strong magnets in newer portable electronic devices may interfere with implanted defibrillators


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Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Reuters Health - 18/03/2022 -Magnets in newer portable electronic devices (PEDs) are strong enough to interfere with or disable implanted defibrillators, researchers in Europe report. "If you carry a portable electronic device close to your chest and have a history of tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) with an ICD, strong magnets in these devices could disable your cardioverter defibrillator," Corentin Fery, a research engineer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Muttenz, said in a press release. "The main thing to remember is that any electronic device may be a danger, especially ones with a magnet inside." "Magnetic fields cannot be seen with the naked eye, which makes them an easily overlooked danger for implant wearers," Fery, who worked on the new study, added in an email to Reuters Health. As reported in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, he and his colleagues tested the magnetic field output of the Apple Ai...


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