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Pacemakers and headphones do not mix

Pacemakers and headphones do not mix

Magnets within headphones could interfere with heart devices, according to a meeting in New Orleans this week at the American Heart Association.

Different heart devices are made to speed up slow heart rhythms. If exposed to certain magnets, the devices may signal the heart to beat faster.

A study was done where researchers put eight types of headphones to iPods and tested them on 60 different patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. The electronic interfered with 14 patients.

“For defibrillator patients, it is a much bigger concern because the magnet can temporarily deactivate it,� says the study’s senior author, Dr. William H. Maisel, director of the Medical Device Safety Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sources: www.cnn.com “Study: Headphones could interfere with pacemakers� By Patrick Sauer