The iPad is a great device to have in your life, but a recent study presented at the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver, Colorado, by an unlikely speaker, might prove otherwise. GiannaChien is a 14 year old student from Stockton, California and her father is a doctor, so she has taken an interest in medicine from an early age.
Her study revolves around 26 volunteers who live with defibrillators. Defibrillation is a common treatment for patients suffering from cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. These conditions can usually be life threatening, so the patients usually resume daily normal functions with the help of defibrillators. These devices deliver doses of electrical energy to the heart, just enough to restore the normal balance. Defibrillators can be external but to maintain the normal activity range, patients often opt for implantation within the body.
Gianna Chien showed in her research that the iPad 2 can intervene in the activity of defibrillators, and potentially cause serious damage. For example, if a patient falls asleep with the iPad 2 on his/her chest, the device can “accidentally turn off” the heart device. The study only observed the potential effects the iPad 2 could have on patients, but one could assume other iPads might have the same effects.
"I definitely think people should be aware. That's why I'm presenting the study."
Out of 26 of the people involved in the study, only 30% presented problems when an Apple tablet was put on their chest. Medtronic, one of the lead producers of defibrillators, stated that it found no risky connection between its life saving technology and iPads. Apple also declined to comment the research.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald