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Forum Name: Valvular Heart Diseases

Question: Artificial Heart Valve and Wireless Broadband


 Richard - Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:01 pm

Hi there
Can you please give me some advise. My mother had an artificial Heart Valve replacement 15 years ago. In this day of modern technology I was wondering if it is safe for her to be in a house with a wireless broadband connection. I know that she has to avoid microwave ovens and certain magnetic fields to avoid the waves interfering with the valve but is wireless broadband safe ?
Thanks in advance
Richard
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:18 pm

User avatar Hello Richard,

Wireless internet should not pose a problem for an artificial valve. It should be safe. The issue with strong magnetic fields is that the valve (depending on the type used) may have metal in it that can be displaced or damaged by the magnet.

Best wishes.

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