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Household appliances may impact pacemaker function: study
A new study warns that the electric and magnetic fields generated from daily household appliances interfere with the ability of pacemakers to regulate a patient\'s heartbeat.
The researchers tested the effects of electric and magnetic field (EMF) exposure in about 119 patients using pacemakers under different conditions.
The pacemaker is a small battery.
Surgical equipment that helps the patient\'s heart beat at a normal rhythm.
Patients were exposed to EMFs similar to normal exposure, I . e. , EMFs at 50Hz or 60Hz grid frequency, and then the EMF increased until the researchers found that the pacemaker induction failed.
This study found that pacemakers are vulnerable to EMF that may occur in daily life, especially when programmed into maximum sensitivity or so-called single-polarity sensing patterns.
\"In daily life, the heart pacemakers may be disturbed.
However, using the equipment setup recommended by the supplier, there is very little harmful interference, \"said Andreas Napp, a cardiologist at the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen in Germany.
Examples of EMF sources include powerlines, household appliances, power tools, and entertainment electronics.
\"Electrical interference with the pacemakers may lead to a slowdown in cardia or a slower heart rate,\" Napp added . \".
In many cases, keeping electrical appliances, tools, or other EMF sources at a length distance greater than 12 inch of the forearm limits the risk of emc interference.
However, in environments with strong EMF, further measures, such as engines used in processing or manufacturing, may be needed, the researchers said.
The study was published in the journal Circulation.
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