Radiation and cancer question. I have an electronic pacemaker. Will this Bluetooth powerful device with internal batteries close to my ear and brain
Disrupt my pacemaker and increase the risk of mutations during cellular replication to cause cancer?
- Asked by L K from Washington
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3 Answers from the Community
As for mutations and cancer, the short answer is "no" - Bluetooth devices do not present this type of risk. They transmit radio waves in the 2 GHz range, close to one of the frequencies used for cell phones. These do not have enough energy to cause chemical reactions or damage cells. In addition, the power is very low - about the same as a hovering fly. The very low power is what allows the long battery life.
- Answered by William D from Atlanta
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I don't own airpods yet and reading the Q&A myself to decide whether to buy them. I do happen to be an RN and will make a suggestion. If you know the manufacturer of the pacemaker device or can find out by contacting the Cardiologist office staff who performed the implantation procedure, they should be able to find out the name of the manufacturer for you. Then I would go to their website and contact them directly with your questions. The medical device industry for the lack of a better word is as competition as the smart phone industry and are always striving to be the best. Sales involves going to meet with a doctor in his/her office and get right to point. Why it is better for the patient after is a reason to consider the new model. So the manufacturer will be able to tell you if you are able to use the airpods without any issues.
Just what I feel is the most reliable source of information. If you want to be sure.
Who wants to go to the ER to have a complete pacemaker interrogation if you can avoid it?
- Answered by Laura A S from Newbury Park
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I am not an MD, but I am an experienced electronics technician of many years. I have used and do use today bluetooth ear phones and ear buds. I have had a pacemaker for 5 years and have never ever had any bluetooth device interfere with my pacemaker. Some pace maker themselves have their own WiFi connection built in. Radio Interference has been addressed in modern pacemakers. You have nothing to worry about there. As to cancer cell mutations, I doubt their is anyone who is able to answer that question. I doubt that it has even been researched.
- Answered by Charles M from Virginia Beach
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