Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Heart Attack
Last Reviewed 09/18/2014

Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

When a colleague's father received a pacemaker he received a list of precautions to take. But nowhere on the list did the cardiologist mention avoiding cell phones and cordless phones. Both types of phones can be a real danger to your pacemaker and your heart. Plus, the same danger exists for folks with intra-cardiac defibrillators (ICDs).

The reason your cell phone affects your heart is that your heart is more than a muscle—it’s a finely tuned electrical system. Pacemakers and ICDs are inserted when the heart needs help maintaining a healthy, steady beat. So, when you introduce a cell, or cordless, phone that emits its own chaotic electrosmog radio frequency, it can interfere with the pacemaker or ICD and can even damage the heart itself.

During my review of scientific research on the subject, I noticed that as far back as 1970 the Russians were reporting problems with on-the-job exposure to microwave radiation—the same time type of radiation that’s used in these phones. They looked at 105 young men (all under 40) who’d been exposed to several milliwatts per cm2 for 5 years. 

This Is What They Found About Radiation and The Heart:

  • Thirty-four percent reported pain in the heart region.
  • Thirty-six percent experienced autonomic vascular crisis: headache, tremor, syncope, brief loss of consciousness (LOC) and had tachycardia (abrupt, rapid heartbeat).
  • Two people had a heart attack.
  • One person developed atrial fibrillation.

That was 1970. Then, in 2010 Canadian Magda Havas confirmed that 20% of healthy subjects developed cardiac arrhythmias when provoked by a cell phone base—some within seconds!

Yet, when you purchase a cell or cordless phone, no one asks you if you have a device in your heart at the checkout counter. It’s your responsibility to know what to avoid. But this advice goes beyond those with pacemakers and ICDs—we all need to be careful with our phones.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

If you have a pacemaker or ICD, use a hardwired old fashioned landline as often as you can and never carry an actively working cell phone on your body. When talking, use the speaker phone feature and set the phone on a surface away from your body.  Plus, when you can, text instead of calling which exposes you to less radiation. Just be sure to keep the phone on a surface and away from you while you type.

Now, it’s your turn: Do you take precautions with your cell and cordless phones?

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