Music headphones can interfere with heart devices

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

November 9, 2008

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A new study suggests that people with
pacemakers or other heart devices should be careful with headphones
from portable music players.

The study presented at an American Heart Association conference
finds that some headphones can interfere with heart devices if held
very close to them.

Doctors who tested them say they might even prevent a defibrillator from delivering a lifesaving shock.

The study's leader says some headphones contain very powerful
magnets which could interfere, but Dr. William Maisel of Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston also says people
shouldn't overreact.

He says it's smart to keep small electronics at least a few inches from implanted medical devices, and not let someone wearing headphones lean against your chest if you have one.

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