Leading Manufacturer of Heart Pacemakers (Medtronic) Recommends users of its devices states at least 12 inches  away from electric vehicle charging stations.  – Environmental Health Trust


The leading manufacturer of heart pacemakers (Medtronic) recommends users of its devices states at least 12 inches  away from electric vehicle charging stations, electric fences, electric pet containment fences and transformer boxes, the green box in yard.

Most household and hobby items are unlikely to affect your heart device when the items are in good working condition, used as intended, and the recommended distances are maintained. For items that transmit power through an antenna, it is recommended that you follow the noted distances between the antenna and your implanted heart device.

Special Considerations Maintain at least the recommended distance between the item and your heart device:

12-Inch Distance

  • Car/Motorcycle – from components of ignition system
  • Electric Fence
  • Electric Pet Containment Fence – from buried wire and indoor antenna
  • Transformer Box (green box in yard)

2-Foot Distance

  • Beach Comber Metal Detector – from search head
  • Induction Cooktop Stove

Maintain at least a 6-inch distance between the item and your heart device:

  • Electric Grocery Cart/Golf Cart – from motor
  • Electric Kitchen Appliances – hand-held (electric mixer or knife)
  • Electric Shaver – corded
  • Electric Toothbrush Charging Base
  • Exercise Bike – from magnet in wheel
  • Hair Dryer – hand-held
  • Hand-held Back Massager
  • Magnetic Therapy Products
  • Radio-Controlled Items – from antenna
  • Sewing Machine/Serger – from motor
  • Small Magnet (household magnet)
  • Speakers
  • Tattoo Machine
  • Treadmill – from motor
  • Ultrasonic Pest Controller
  • Vacuum Cleaner – from motor

Not Recommended

  • Ab Stimulator
  • Electronic Body Fat Scale
  • Magnetic Mattress Pad/Pillow

More at https://www.medtronic.com/us-en/patients/electromagnetic-guide/household-hobby.html

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting medical device users about a potential cybersecurity risk for the Medtronic MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pump System (for example: MiniMed 630G and MiniMed 670G). FDA Release at https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/digital-health-center-excellence/cybersecurity?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery