The influence of mobile phone on cardiac pacemaker function

Adam Curylo, Grzegorz Bilo, Mariusz Ślosarczyk, Kalina Kawecka-Jaszcz

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Abstract

Introduction: Because of increasing popularity of mobile phones, a question arises of their possible interference with electronic devices including cardiac pacemakers. The aim of the study was to assess whether mobile phones interfere with the function of cardiac pacemakers. Material and methods: 63 patients (35 women and 28 men, age 70.3) with implanted pacemaker (39 patients - VVI, 18 - DDD, 5 - AAI and I - VDD stimulation) were included in the study. 33 of them were exposed to a mobile phone working in digital 900 MHz system and the remaining 30 to a phone working in digital 1800 MHz system. ECG was continuously monitored during the exposure. The tests were carried out in different telephone placements and in different modes of telephone function. They were repeated with the original pacemaker settings as well as after changing sensitivity and frequency of stimulation. Results: No disturbances in pacemaker function, which could be attributable to the influence of mobile telephone, were observed in any of the subjects. Conclusion: The mobile phones that are currently used do not seem to interfere with the function of cardiac pacemaker.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-122
Number of pages6
JournalFolia Cardiologica
Volume9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Electromagnetic interference
  • Mobile phones
  • Pacemakers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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