Possibly, depending on the type of mobile phone being used. Today's
pacemakers are engineered to withstand interference from analog
cellular phones. However, in some cases, digital mobile phones may
interfere with pacemakers. According to the American Heart
Association, a group of mobile phone companies is studying the newer
mobile phones with new frequency and their effect on pacemakers.
We recommend mobile phones should not be used directly above the
pacemaker. Patients are instructed to hold their mobile phone six
inches away from the pacemaker and to hold the phone to the ear
opposite of the pacemaker. Patients are instructed not to keep them in
the "on" position in a pocket on top of the pacemaker.
Most electrical and mechanical devices won't interfere with the
pacemaker. In general, patients may use any appliance or go anywhere
except into areas where strong electrical interference may exist.
Patients should always tell any doctor or dentist that they have a pacemaker.
Microwave ovens, computers, DVD players, small electric tools, and
garage door openers are all safe to use.
Patients are instructed to avoid large magnetic fields such as:
leaning over a car engine while it is running, running motorcycle
engines, chainsaws, power plants, etc.
When traveling in the airport, patients are instructed to tell
Security that they have a pacemaker and Security will hand search the
patient instead of having the patient walk through the metal detector.
The metal detector will not harm the pacemaker, but the patient may
set off the alarm.
Patients are instructed that they cannot have an MRI done because of
the possible magnetic interference.