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Do you have a pacemaker and use Apple devices? Be careful

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I think many people know that the emission of waves by mobile equipment and magnets influence other technological equipment, since, for example, it is not by chance that on planes we are forced to turn off our equipment or, then, to use it in Flight mode. Thus, it is not surprising that those who use pacemakers (or pacemakers in Brazil) have to pay extra attention.

Thus, Apple insisted on share a product list that should be kept at a safe distance from medical devices such as implanted pacemakers/pacemakers and defibrillators due to potential magnetic interference.

To avoid any possible interference with medical devices, Apple recommends keeping the products listed below at a safe distance – more than 6 inches away or more than 30 inches away if the Apple product is wirelessly charging. Apple recommends consulting a physician and the device manufacturer for specific advice.

Here are the products in question:

AirPods and Charging Boxes

  • AirPods and Charging Box
  • AirPods and Wireless Charging Box
  • AirPods Pro and Wireless Charging Box
  • AirPods Max and Smart Case

Apple Watch & Accessories

  • Apple Watch
  • Bracelets with magnets for Apple Watch
  • Magnetic Charging Accessories for Apple Watch

HomePod

iPad and accessories

  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Pro
  • Smart Covers and Smart Folios for iPad
  • Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad

MagSafe and iPhone Accessories

  • iPhone 12 Models
  • MagSafe Accessories

Mac and accessories

  • Mac mini
  • Mac Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook Pro
  • iMac
  • Apple Pro Display XDR Monitor

beats

  • Beats Flex
  • Beats X
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • urBeats3

Certain other Apple products contain magnets that are unlikely to interfere with medical devices, the supporting document states.

Earlier this month, the American Heart Association said in a small study of different types of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators, that 11 of 14 cardiac devices experienced interference when an iPhone 12 Pro Max was held close to the cardiac device (within 1.5 cm), even when the medical device was still in the manufacturer’s sealed packaging.

“We’ve always known that magnets can interfere with implantable electronic cardiac devices, however, we were surprised by the strength of the iPhone 12’s magnets,” said study principal Dr. Michael Wu, a cardiologist. “In general, a magnet can change the timing of a pacemaker or disable the rescue functions of a defibrillator, and this research indicates the urgency for everyone to be aware that electronic devices with magnets can interfere with implantable cardiac electronic devices.”

Since the launch of the iPhone 12 line in October, Apple has recognized that the devices can cause electromagnetic interference to medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. However, in its updated support document published on June 25, Apple no longer claims that iPhone 12 models “should not pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than previous iPhone models.”

Therefore, it is important that those who have these medical devices implanted pay attention to the use, not only of iPhones and Apple products, but of mobile devices in general.

Source: apple

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