Henry Ford doctors say iPhone 12 can interfere with defibrillators and pacemakers

Henry Ford doctors say iPhone 12 can interfere with defibrillators and pacemakers

DETROIT – Cardiologists at the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute said the magnet was in the iPhone 12 can disrupt the function of a defibrillator.

Their findings are backed up by an alert from Apple urging people with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators to keep their devices more than 6 inches apart.

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Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators may contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. Save yours to avoid possible interactions with these devices iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance from your device (more than 15 cm apart or more than 30 cm apart if you are charging wirelessly). However, check with your doctor and device manufacturer for specific guidelines.

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Henry Ford says there are more than 300,000 recipients of implanted defibrillators and pacemakers each year.

Doctors said they were alarmed by their discovery. Henry Ford cardiologists, led by Dr. Gurjit Singh published a manuscript of their findings and submitted it to the medical journal Heart rhythm. It was released on January 4th.

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As soon as the iPhone was brought close to the ICD via the left chest area, an immediate interruption of the ICD therapies was noted and persisted for the duration of the test (Figure 1). This result has been reproduced several times with different positions of the phone over the pocket.

Joshua C. Greenberg, MD Mahmoud R. Altawil, MD Gurjit Singh, MD

Apple issued a warning Doctors said the results also caught the FDA’s attention. Click here to read Apple’s warning.

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