Pacemakers and Cellular Phones

Patients with cardiac pacemakers must be very careful not to get too close to certain devices that might interfere with their pacemakers.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports a study of the effects of cellular telephones on 980 patients with pacemakers.

As long as the phones were placed over the ear, in the normal position, there was no health risk.

However, .......these phones must be kept away from certain parts of their pacemaker apparatus in their body, to prevent medical problems.

Review this subject carefully with your doctor before using such phones.

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