iPads Might Be Dangerous for the Faint-HeartedAdded: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
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Apple customers with heart conditions could find out that taking their iPads to bed with them may have consequences. The matter is that tiny magnets within the iPad cover can shut off implanted defibrillators on a pacemaker if you leave the device on your chest. The same may happen if you fall asleep with the iPad lying on you.
Of course, it doesn’t seem likely as a death scenario, but it is quite surprising that the geniuses at Apple didn’t think about people with heart conditions. Actually, even a 14-year-old girl could spot this, and she did. Gianna Chien made the discovery as part of her science fair project. However, her project didn’t get first place, maybe because the judges thought that Apple was perfect and iPads can’t harm anyone. But Chien will soon again be presenting her findings to 8,000 doctors at a meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver. Hopefully, she will find a more reasonable audience there.
The girl says that if you fall asleep with the iPad2 on your chest, the magnets in the cover can “accidentally turn off” the heart device. Since her dad is a doctor, she believes that it’s pretty important that people know this. Her study found that 30% of patients with defibrillators who put Apple devices on their chest were affected by iPads. Although most defibrillators can turn back on after the magnet is removed, some of them must be reactivated manually, which may causes a life-threatening situation.
According to John Day, head of heart-rhythm services at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and chairman of the panel responsible for reviewing scientific papers which will be presented at the Denver meeting, Gianna Chien’s research offers a valuable warning for patients with implanted defibrillators that deliver an electric shock to restart a stopped heart.
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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
|posted by (2013-05-22 21:20:59)|
|I actually though this was going to be about the risk of a heart attack when told the price of apples mediocre spec'd "technology for the stupid" fashion items...|
|posted by (2013-05-22 21:44:47)|
|This is totally over exaggeration! So if you put your headphones or notebook (some have speakers on the bottom like my Alienware ) you would be in the same or even worse danger.|
Speaker magnets are much more powerful than the ones from the iPads and it's more likely to put them on your pacemaker.
|posted by (2013-05-22 23:57:28)|
|No 2 you are totally correct. Especially with the speaker magnets.|
But when it's time to go it's time to go.
Exit stage left.
|posted by (2013-05-23 00:08:59)|
|i have a vision...dropping beneath a pair of AE109s.. |
|posted by (2013-05-23 02:20:14)|
|I'm surprised it isn't something worse.|
|posted by (2013-05-24 03:39:52)|
|exactly possessedkat. as bad as inducing emergency heart issues an ipad on the|
chest at night, or anywhere near the body(or head oi!!) is terrible for the health because
of the crazy electromagnetic fields it emits. That's one huge issue a lot of tech gurus are "missing". Turn em off and/or keep em far away from you at least when you are sleeping!
|the actual story is that she did not discover anything, all she did was bring to the attention something that was already a warning in the user manual and her father did some tests to see if it did stop the medical devices.|
its true that the magnets can do it, but she didn't discover it. its already in the manual.
|posted by (2013-05-27 15:57:19)|
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