Navigation Links
IPods Don't Interfere With Pacemakers, Study Shows
Date:3/27/2008

Finding contradicts results of research published a year ago

THURSDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- A new study says that iPods and other digital music players don't affect pacemaker function, a finding that contradicts a study published last year.

That May 2007 study concluded that errant electronic noise from iPods could cause malfunctions in implantable cardiac pacemakers. But cardiac electrophysiologists at Children's Hospital Boston were surprised by that finding, mostly because many of their young patients with pacemakers use digital music players and have never had problems.

"But kids and parents bring up this concern all the time, prompting us to do our own study," study senior investigator Dr. Charles Berul, director of the pacemaker service at the hospital, said in a prepared statement.

A team at the hospital ran tests on 51 patients who came in for appointments. Their average age was 22 years, and they all had active pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). The researchers played four different kinds of digital music players (two kinds of iPods, a SanDisk Sansa and a Microsoft Zune) directly over the each patient's pacemaker or ICD.

The music players caused no interference with the devices' functioning -- electrocardiographic (EKG) recordings showed no changes in any of the 255 separate tests and none of the patients showed any symptoms.

"This provides reassuring evidence that should allay the fears of people using iPods and other digital music players," Berul said.

However, this study did find that in 41 percent of patients, the music players interfered with communications between the programmer and the pacemaker or ICD. The programmer is a computerized device used by doctors to check and recalibrate the heart devices. This indicates that patients shouldn't use digital music devices while a doctor is reprogramming their heart device, the researchers said.

The study appears in the April issue of Heart Rhythm.

An editorial in the same issue of the journal suggests that this study and the May 2007 study may have reached conflicting conclusions due to different testing methods and interpretation of pacemaker recordings. Also, the earlier study involved patients whose average age was 77.

More information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about pacemakers.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Children's Hospital Boston, news release, March 26, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. IPods Dont Interfere With Heart Pacemakers
2. Growing Link Between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease Focus of National Gathering for Health Care Leaders
3. Treating your periodontal pockets may benefit your pocket book
4. Ortho Organizers(R) Announces the Launch of the Ancor Pro(TM) Orthodontic Anchorage System Hands-on Course
5. Survey confirms Americans prefer root canal treatment by endodontists
6. Most With High Blood Pressure Dont Follow Recommended Diet
7. Watch Your Mouth: Michigan Association of Endodontists Offers Four Part Series on Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
8. NYU dental researchers find evidence of periodontal disease leading to gestational diabetes
9. Cancer Doctors Across America Stunned at Governments Ruling Restricting Anemia Management Protocols for Cancer Patients, Call Ruling Interference in Practice of Medicine
10. Stress and Anxiety Interfere With Sleep
11. Abnormal glutamine repeats interfere with key transcription factor, leading to neurodegeneration
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
IPods Don't Interfere With Pacemakers, Study Shows
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System will join ... International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by Jeffrey Dome, ... at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of the Division of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Women-owned and Grand Rapids-based workplace ... Brightest in Wellness® by Best and Brightest. OnSite Wellness will be honored at ... from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Autograph Collection Hotel, located ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... In the United States, single-family home owners pay ... York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, and California—the average is $7,000 a ... rates, which contributes to the relatively lower cost of living in places like ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Dining at the University of California Berkeley, and other leading institutions in announcing ... buying power of institutions to change the way animals are raised for food. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) , ... October 12, ... ... medical device and biologics manufacturer, has expanded its executive staff with the addition ... Development. , In this role, Slott will develop the national distribution and sales ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) will ... 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Lilly will also ... investment community and media to further detail the company,s ... at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, media and the ... conference call through a link that will be posted ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), will host ... webcast on Friday, November 3, 2017, beginning at 7:00 ... approximately 8:30 a.m. (CDT) / 9:30 a.m. (EDT). ... performance and guidance for 2018, Hill-Rom executives will also ... performance, and long-range financial outlook through 2020. ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... AMSTERDAM , Sept. 25, 2017   ... Trial Master File solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial ... Amsterdam , NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services ... its clinical programs and TMF management. EastHORN, a ... Montrium,s eTMF platform to increase transparency to enable ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: