Electric vehicles do not interfere with pacemakers and defibrillators

Posted on Monday, 25 March 2013 , 06:03:49 byIulia

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Electric vehicles do not interfere with pacemakers and defibrillators


There are a lot of people afraid that electromagnetic waves from a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles will throw pacemakers and cause heart attacks, but apparently, this is never going to happen. How do we know? A Mayo Clinic study indicated that patients with implanted cardiac devices like for example pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or take a ride in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference. This is actually the first test of this kind and it is called Hybrid Cars and Implatable Cardioverter Defibrillators: It is Safe? We will have the opportunity to see it for the first time at the 2013 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session in San Francisco. There are cases in which implanted devices may sense signals from electrical magnetic objects. The researchers have used implantable devices from the three major manufacturers and a 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid in the study. Apparently, electric and magnetic fields were measured in six positions and each position was evaluated at different speeds: 30 mph, 60 mph and at variable speeds of acceleration and deceleration. There were 30 study participants with implanted devices which were continuously monitored while rotating positions in the car and driving the car. The main focus was on real-time detection of any interruption in the normal functionality of their devices. In the end, the researchers have concluded that the car tested did not generate clinically relevant amounts of EMI and that the car is safe for patients with implanted devices. The study will continue and the future results will solidify the results. The next studies will have to analyze the interaction between implantable devices and other models of hybrid or electric cars. These are all the details available for now.