Because of its magnets, the iPhone 12 presents a serious risk of disturbances for people with cardiac stimulation devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. A doctor gave some advice on the “On n Parle” program.
aIt was recently published in the specialist cardiology journal “Hearth Rythm Journal” that the magnets present in the twelfth-generation iPhone (12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max) were likely to deactivate the pacemaker.
In question: The electromagnetic fields created by these magnets and their effect on pacemakers and defibrillators, explained in the program “Etienne Pruvot, chief physician of the Rhythm Disorders Unit in the Cardiovascular Department of CHUV in Lausanne. However, the doctor said These risks were “very low”.
Keep your smartphone away from your chest
Apple confirmedThe iPhone 12 was likely to “hinder the proper functioning of medical devices”. The Apple brand recommends charging devices and magSafe magnetic accessories when you are 15 centimeters or 30 centimeters away.
An “adequate” distance, according to Etienne Pruvot, who also advises patients who have benefited from implantation of pacemakers and / or defibrillators to move their smartphones and telephones in the opposite direction. If these devices are placed under the left clavicle, “you should make a telephone call using the right ear and place the device in the pocket on the right”.
More conversations in the future?
Along with the power of the phone, the number of interactions between the smartphone and pacemaker has increased. Etienne Pruvot recalls that in 2006, several tests were conducted with several smartphones, including the sixth-generation iPhone, without significant interaction even when it was placed on the skin. “Now we are in Generation 12 and we are seeing an interaction. For now, a distance of 15 centimeters seems quite reasonable. Maybe in the future we will have to keep these objects at a greater distance.”
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