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06 September 2021

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Confirms Health Risk of Interference between Cell Phones and Cardiac Implants

[Press Release] FDA confirms health risk of interference between cell phones and cardiac implants
Phonegate Alert Association, Equipe Phonegate 30 August 2021

In May 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was launching an investigation into whether smartphones or connected objects in contact with the body, such as Applewatch could pose a health risk to pacemaker or heart stimulator wearers.

This investigation follows an alert launched in February 2021 by U.S. cardiologists in a study published by the Henry Ford Health System Study showing that the Apple iPhone 12 can disable the pacemaker or pacemaker when placed near the heart.

The iPhone 12 and the Apple Watch 6 in the front line but not only …

After conducting its own tests, the FDA in a statement published this August 26, 2021 has just confirmed that the risk of interference with implantable medical devices is real and warns that tested models such as the iPhone 12 or the Apple Watch 6 trigger a potentially dangerous situation for those concerned :

“Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising the public that some newer consumer electronic devices, such as certain cell phones and smartwatches, have high fields strength magnets capable of placing medical devices in their “magnet mode”, the agency wrote. “These magnets can affect normal operations of the medical device until the magnetic field is moved.”

ANSES alerts public authorities on the subject in 2016

However, in an opinion published as early as June 2016, entitled “Disturbance of medical devices by radio frequencies: practices to be adapted to each situation“, the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety was already concerned about the risks associated with cell phone radio frequency waves and thus warned the public authorities:

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