Friday, May 11, 2007

Chili Peppers Make Me Misfire

So that's what the problem is:

DENVER - Attention, iPod users: Your music might be breaking Grandpa's heart - and not just because he doesn't care for the lyrics.

A study of 83 volunteers with pacemakers found the music devices interfered with the pacemakers nearly 30 percent of the time.

The results of the study, conducted by Michigan high school student Jay Thayer and Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin, a University of Michigan cardiologist, were presented Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver. The society is a professional group focusing on irregular heart rhythm.

In most cases, the iPod interference caused pacemakers to misread the heart's pacing. In one, the pacemaker stopped altogether.
Cause for concern? Maybe not. Further on they explain the methodology:
"We set the headphones on their shoulders so we didn't blow out their eardrums," he said, and then turned up the Frank Sinatra tunes....
Frank Sinatra? There's your problem right there. All electronics in the area were sent into sleep mode.

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