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Spring 1999 CSANews Issue 31  |  Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.Back to list

Pacemaker patients should be careful the next time they come in contact with a cellular phone. Sometimes, the pacemaker will mistake the signal coming from a cellular phone as a heartbeat ­ causing it to misfire. Research by the FDA has shown that such an effect, which results in the pacemaker slowing down or speeding up, occurred in about six per cent of the patients they studied.

For now, the best way to avoid such an occurrence is to not put the cellular phone directly over the pacemaker while the phone is on. If you have questions or concerns, talk to your doctor ­ he or she will know how to best educate you or your loved one about any potential hazards.

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