Medical Devices

Using a wireless device near an implantable medical device, such as 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.
  • If you have any reason to suspect that interference is taking place, turn the wireless device off immediately.
  • 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.