It seems to be safe for individuals with implantable heart devices like defibrillators and pacemakers to go throughout body scanners at airport security checkpoints, scientists stated. Seemingly, the body scanners are becoming ever more common worldwide. But some individuals are concerned that they might be a source of EMI (electromagnetic interference) that can disturb implantable devices used to cure arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). People with these devices are warned to restrict their exposure to some technologies, counting magnets, metal detectors, and MRI scans.
The study authors examined 1,000 patients having defibrillators, pacemakers, and other CIEDs (cardiac implantable electronic devices). Almost, 80% expressed worry about passing from the airport body scanners. Scientists then analyzed over 1,000 body scans of people having CIEDs. The scans did not impact the working of the heart devices and no CIEDs were noticed by the scanners. The study would be presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s yearly meeting at San Francisco, which is the first one to analyze body scanners’ effect on CIEDs. Dr. Carsten Lennerz—Lead Author—said, “We were surprised to know that so many people expressed apprehensions about the usefulness of their devices while traveling.”
Speaking of cardiac health, recently, a study showed that strain of heart failure-related CVD (cardiovascular disease) mortality is higher in blacks. The burden of heart failure-related CVD death is increased amongst young and middle-aged black people, as per to research. The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Peter Glynn—from the Northwestern University—along with colleagues analyzed national trends in death attributed to heart failure-related CVD by race and sex amongst white and black adults aged from 35 to 84 Years. The authors stated, “Population-wide policy steps are needed urgently to remove racial disparities and aim individuals in advance for heart failure prevention.”