The device conceived to reboot the heart once the latter has stopped can be affected by the magnets integrated inside the tablet. This has been shown in a study performed by 14 year-old student, Gianna Chien, at the Heart Rhythm Society convention in Denver, USA.
Althought the risk has been mentioned by Apple in the iPad user’s manual, the findings came as a surprise. The user manual states, “the iPad has magnets along the left edge of the device and on the right side of the front glass, which may interfere with pacemakers, defibrillators, or other medical devices. The iPad Smart Cover and iPad Smart Case also contain magnets. Maintain at least 6 inches (approximately 15 cm) of separation between your pacemaker or defibrillator and iPad, the iPad Smart Cover, or the iPad Smart Case.“
According to Chien‘s research, 30% of the examined patients have had their pacemaker stop functioning when the iPad2 came close to their chest.