As Electric vehicle (EV) mandates are currently being considered in at least 17 states, there is a growing list of issues associated with them, like having a pacemaker fitted.
Americans who use a pacemaker are particularly at risk when using charging stations.
The Leading Manufacturer of Heart Pacemakers (Medtronic) has recommended that its users distance themselves at least 12 inches from electric vehicle charging stations, according to The Environmental Health Trust.
Medtronic also warns its users to stay away from electric fences, electric pet containment fences, and transformer boxes.
For Implantable Cardiac Devices
Most household and hobby items are unlikely to affect your heart device when the items are in good working condition, used as intended, and the recommended distances are maintained.
For items that transmit power through an antenna, it is recommended that you follow the noted distances between the antenna and your implanted heart device.
Special Considerations Maintain at least the recommended Distance between the item and your heart device:
- Car/Motorcycle – from components of ignition system
- Electric Fence
- Electric Pet Containment Fence – from buried wire and indoor antenna
- Transformer Box (green box in yard)
- 2-Foot Distance
- Beach Comber Metal Detector – from search head
- Induction Cooktop Stove
Maintain at least a 6-inch distance between the item and your heart device:
- Electric Grocery Cart/Golf Cart – from motor
- Electric Kitchen Appliances – hand-held (electric mixer or knife)
- Electric Shaver – corded
- Electric Toothbrush Charging Base
- Exercise Bike – from magnet in wheel
- Hair Dryer – hand-held
- Hand-held Back Massager
- Magnetic Therapy Products
- Radio-Controlled Items – from antenna
- Sewing Machine/Serger – from motor
- Small Magnet (household magnet)
- Tattoo Machine
- Treadmill – from motor
- Ultrasonic Pest Controller
- Vacuum Cleaner – from motor
- Ab Stimulator
- Electronic Body Fat Scale
- Magnetic Mattress Pad/Pillow