News Highlights: Henry Ford cardiologists discover iPhone 12 can deactivate defibrillators
(WXYZ) – Henry Ford Health System cardiologists say they found the iPhone 12 has the ability to disable implantable heart devices when held too close to a person’s chest.
Apples iPhone According to a Henry Ford press release, the 12 Series features a strong magnet to maximize charging, which can cause problems with heart devices.
For a defibrillator, the health system says a strong magnet can be used to turn off the device. In a pacemaker, the strong magnet can cause electrical impulses to be delivered, causing the heart to beat out of sync.
According to Henry Ford, more than 300,000 people in the US are implanted with one of these devices every year.
Cardiologists with the health system tested their theory by one iPhone 12 close to a patient’s chest.
‘When we got the iPhone close to the patient’s chest, the defibrillator was deactivated, ”said Dr. Gurjit Singh, a cardiologist at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, in a press release. “We saw on the external defibrillator programmer that the device’s functions had been interrupted and stopped. When we took the phone away from the patient’s chest, the defibrillator …
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