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Professor Quippy: Aging hipsters beware

Professor QuippyOkay, all you septuagenarians with a little ticker problem and a yen for getting down with your iPod — be warned, because those iTunes could mess with your pacemaker!

A recent study at the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute at Michigan State University shows that iPods, if held five centimeters from the chest for five to ten seconds, can interfere with implanted pacemakers.

So that pulse-pounding music is actually doing something to you, except making you feel the groove.

No word yet on if regular MP3 players cause the same effect.

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