Pacemakers affected by common household appliances
Pacemakers could be affected by common household appliances, electrical tools and more when used in close proximity to each other, according to research published by the American Heart Association.
Researchers tested the impact of electric and magnetic fields exposure generated from household appliances on 119 patients who had pacemakers. The patients were exposed to common exposure frequencies, with EMF increased until the pacemaker started to sense failure.
The researchers found that the pacemakers, when programmed to the maximum sensitivity, are still able to stand up to everyday life, including power lines, household appliances, electrical tools and entertainment electronics, according to a news release.
As long as the device EMF-emitting device is held at least at forearm’s length distance or 12 in. away, the risk of electromagnetic interference is reduced.