Electric Cars Don’t Interfere with Heart Implants


Fans of Tesla electric cars who also have implanted heart devices can rest easy: A new study finds that these patients won’t run the risk of shock or interference to their devices when they sit in or stand close to a Tesla while it’s charging.


The findings come on the heels of another recent study, which examined how electromagnetic interference (EMI) from electrical cars could possibly affect patients with implanted cardiac devices. For example, that study looked at whether it is possible that the devices, which work by measuring electrical activity in the heart could misinterpret signals from electrical or magnetic objects as a potential sign of distress coming from the patient’s heart.


In some preliminary tests in the new study, the researchers determined that the highest EMI was measured while vehicles were being charged. But the patients were not affected…

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