Phones Can Make Your Blood Pressure Rise
June 6, 1998
can make your blood pressure rise - claim Mobile phones were today at the
centre of a new health scare.
Scientists have discovered that electro-magnetic fields emitted by the
phones can lead to a rise in blood pressure, reports the Daily Mail.
The latest research will fuel concern about the safety of mobile phones,
which have already been blamed for causing brain tumours, headaches and
Doctors at the University Neurology Clinic in Freiburg, Germany, carried out
tests by strapping mobile phones to the heads of ten young volunteers.
They found that blood pressure increased after 35 minutes of exposure to the
mobile phones. Although the rise was small, doctors said it could be harmful
to people who already suffer from high blood pressure.
Dr Duncan Dymond, consultant cardiologist at St Bartholomew's Hospital in
London, told the Mail: 'A sudden surge in blood pressure can cause problems,
especially for people with coronary artery disease.'
Phillips of Powerwatch, a consumer service which provides information on
electro-magnetic fields, said mobile phone sellers should be required to put
labels on their products warning against extensive use. He told the Mail:
'The study could provide a medical explanation for the three to six-fold
increase in headaches reported among those using their phones for more than
an hour a day. 'Mobile phones should be used for essential communications
only and calls should be kept very short.'
The World Health Organisation has launched an investigation into whether
mobile phones can cause brain tumours.
Recent Swedish research also found a dramatic increase in headaches and
fatigue among people using mobile phones.
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