Smart watches

I understand that smart watches have magnets in. Which ones are safe with pacemaker?


Magnetic field–induced interactions between phones containing magnets and cardiovascular implantable electronic devices

by Gemita - 2023-02-17 15:01:33

Hello Brains, we often have discussions here about magnets in Smart phones, particularly the new Apple iPhones and other Apple products.  As far as I can see none of them will cause serious injury or harm to us or to our pacemakers, particularly if we don’t lie them directly on top of our devices.

The conclusion of the attached link for iPhone 12 and above confirms that Magnetic field interactions occur only when the iPhone is in close proximity and with precise alignment with our CIEDs. It is important to advise CIED patients to not put their Apple products directly on the skin above the CIED.  Further recommendations are not usually necessary, although you may wish to observe the recommendation to maintain a 15-cm gap between the iPhone/Apple product and the CIED generator?

I hope others can reassure you further.  I don't think you need to deprive yourself of your favourite smart watch Brains.  A new iPhone 14 is still on my shopping list and I know a few members here who already have one and new smart watches too from various manufacturers, but read the link and the Conclusion at the end if you are really concerned and seek advice from your pacemaker clinic and manufacturer of your smart watch

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by Julros - 2023-02-18 00:59:01

I've had no problems with my iWatch or Garmin. And really, how often do you rest your wrist on your chest? 

it's fine

by Tracey_E - 2023-02-18 09:28:41

Any magnet in them is way to small to cause an issue. The magnets are small and newer pacers are well shielded. I've had both garmin and apple watch, specifically purchase for running. 

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