There were many rumors and false believes that a person who has an implanted device which helps their heart to run smoothly cannot drive the electric cars as they might have some issues with the device. The new research confirms that People who have implanted devices to keep their hearts running smoothly can safely drive an electric car if they wish to do so.
The study from Germany found that the technology used to power the cars won’t interfere with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators. “Currently there are no data to suggest that restrictions for cardiac implantable electronic device patients are necessary when driving or charging an electric car,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Carsten Lennerz. He’s a senior physician at the German Heart Centre in Munich.
Lennerz said as these cars become more “super-charged,” there may be a problem with implanted heart devices. But for now, it appears that several models of electric cars have no effect on these devices. Dr. Joseph Germano, associate director of cardiac electrophysiology at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., reviewed the study’s findings and agreed that electric cars don’t appear to pose a current danger.
For the new study, researchers recruited 108 people with implantable heart devices — either pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Ninety of the study participants were men. Their average age was 58. Their devices came from seven different manufacturers. Four electric cars popular in Europe were used for the test — the BMW i3, the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Model 85S and Volkswagen’s e-up!
In November, researchers reported on a study of 34 seniors that found no interference with their heart devices when driving a Tesla electric car. The findings were presented at an American Heart Association meeting.
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