Study determines if electric cars can interfere with electronic medical implants

April 30, 2018 - 8:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Electric cars are growing in popularity, but can the technology have an impact on medical devices like cardiac implantable electronic devices?

According to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine Electromagnetic Field Strength is highest when electric cars are charging. 

Electric cars are equipped with shielding to prevent electromagnetic interference with on board computer systems and the authors of the study found that this technology actually protects those with implantable devices. 

The study was performed looking at 150 patients who had implantable devices: 34 with pacemakers and others with implantable defibrillators.

The cars tested were BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla 85 and Volkswagen E-Up.