Important Wireless Issues

Implantable Medical Devices

Both wireless communication devices and implantable medical devices have tremendous life-enhancing capabilities. However, using a wireless device in close proximity to an implantable medical device—like a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator—can potentially cause interference with the medical device. If you have an implanted medical device, we recommend that you follow these guidelines when using wireless communications devices:

  • Always keep the phone or wireless device more than 6 inches from your implantable medical device when the wireless device is turned on.
  • Don’t carry your phone in a breast pocket.
  • When using a wireless phone, use the ear opposite the implantable medical device to minimize the potential for interference.
  • Turn the wireless device off immediately if you have any reason to suspect that interference is taking place.
  • Read and follow the directions from the manufacturer of your implantable medical device and reach out to your health care provider if you have additional questions.