Dayton patients part of Tesla study
Dayton patients were part of a new study that indicated driving a Tesla won’t interfere with a defibrillator.
The American Heart Association said in a statement that preliminary research found sitting in or standing close to the charging port of a Tesla electric vehicle didn’t trigger a shock or interfere with implantable defibrillator performance.
The study included 26 men and eight women from Good Samaritan Hospital, a Premier Health affiliated hospital in Dayton.
Researchers examined the potential effect of electromagnetic interference while charging an electric vehicle battery at 220 Volts. The patients in the study had an average age of 69 and had implanted cardiac defibrillators of various types.
These findings suggest that electric vehicles may be safe to use for individuals with cardiac defibrillators, according to the principal investigator, Abdul Wase, M.D. and his team.