Day­ton pa­tients part of Tesla study

Dayton Daily News - - BUSINESS - KAIT­LYN SCHROEDER

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.

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