Q: Will an iPod® music player or other portable multimedia cause problems with my pacemaker?
A: There is no indication that compact multimedia players, such as iPod products or mp3 players, interfere with St. Jude Medical™ pacemakers. Some limited data suggests that during device evaluation in the hospital or in a clinic, these players can disrupt communication between the pacemaker and the programmer wand within approximately 12 inches of either device. Again, this interference is only observed when the multimedia player is within 12 inches of the implanted pacemaker and the programmer’s telemetry wand.
Although there is no evidence that carrying a multimedia player device affects a pacemaker’s ability to provide therapy, be sure to carry your player on the opposite side of your body from your implant.