If you own an iPhone and a heart implant, you’re going to want to read this: cardiologists from the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute say the iPhone 12 contains a magnet that can deactivate heart defibrillators.
Yikes. That is NOT good. Any Men’s Humor readers who have heart implants will want to keep their iPhone away from their chest for the time being.
Watch the concerning briefing about the heart-related danger that iPhone 12 apparently presents
Cardiologist Gurjit Singh, M.D., is an expert in cardiac electrophysiology. He discovered that a magnet within iPhone 12’s can trigger a reaction inside heart devices like pacemakers and defibrillators, such as turning them off or altering their rhythm.
Damn. That’s crazy.
This is concerning given that “more than 300,000 people in the United States undergo surgery to implant one of these devices each year…[and] approximately one in four cell phones sold last year was an iPhone 12.”
This news is bad. It does not make us want to dance like the following silhouettes are.
“When we brought the iPhone close to the patient’s chest the defibrillator was deactivated,” explained Dr. Singh. “We saw on the external defibrillator programmer that the functions of the device were suspended and remained suspended. When we took the phone away from the patient’s chest, the defibrillator immediately returned to its normal function.”
“We were all stunned,” Singh went on. “We had assumed that the magnet would be too weak in a phone to trip the defibrillator’s magnetic switch. “
Oh boy. Apple…you fucked up. Big time. What the heck were you thinking?!
“We believe our findings have profound implications on a large scale for the people who live daily with these devices, who without thinking, will place their phone in their shirt pocket or upper pocket or their coat – not knowing that it can cause their defibrillator or pacemaker to function in a way that could potentially be lethal,” continued Dr. Singh.
Well, that is not good.
No way to spin this. We are not excited to report it to you, but we assume a majority of our readership is hooked up to some sort of heart device for one reason or another, so we think it’s important for you to know.