A recent study has found that wearable technology devices, such as fitness trackers, could potentially interfere with lifesaving cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester, tested the interference levels of various wearable devices on 50 patients with cardiac devices.
The results of the study revealed that some wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, caused interference with the cardiac devices. The interference was significant enough to potentially impact the proper functioning of the cardiac devices, which could be life-threatening for patients.
While the study did not identify any specific brands or models of wearable devices, it did suggest that the use of wearable technology should be approached with caution for those with cardiac devices. The study’s lead author, Dr. Carsten Lennerz, emphasized the need for further research in this area to ensure the safety of patients with cardiac devices.
These findings are consistent with previous research on the potential risks of wearable technology in cardiac devices. In 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that certain wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, could interfere with pacemakers and other cardiac devices.
The FDA advised that patients with cardiac devices should consult with their healthcare providers before using wearable technology to ensure their safety. The agency also recommended that manufacturers of wearable technology devices should ensure that their products are safe for use by those with cardiac devices.
In light of these findings, patients with cardiac devices are advised to consult with their healthcare providers before using any wearable technology devices. The study’s researchers have also called for manufacturers of wearable technology to conduct further research to ensure the safety of their products for those with cardiac devices.
While wearable technology devices have become increasingly popular in recent years, it is important to prioritize patient safety and ensure that these devices do not pose a threat to those with underlying medical conditions.
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