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Cellphones Are Not Good For The Heart
Khaleej Times
September 28, 2005

Excessive use of mobile phones could weaken heart muscles and cause paralytic stroke, doctors have cautioned. At least two people in Abu Dhabi have been diagnosed of Atrial Fibrillation or heart irregularity, possibly triggered off by mobile phone radiation.

Dr Rajeev Gupta, consultant cardiologist at Ahalia hospital told your favourite No. 1 newspaper Khaleej Times that radio frequency discharges from the mobile phones affect the electrical pacemaker of the heart, producing arterial fibrillation.

“Two people — one aged 52 and the other 47 — had come to complain of heart palpitation. Their ECG confirmed that both suffered from Atrial Fibrillation, which is normally caused by dysfunction of heart valves, enlargement of heart chamber, over functioning of thyroid gland, coronary artery diseases, or high blood pressure,” explained Dr Gupta.

“But what was intriguing was these patients showed no such symptoms. Further inquiry into the lifestyle of the two businessmen showed that their daily talking time on mobile phones varied from four to six hours.

“This, in conjunction with the other well-reported side-effects of mobile phones, strengthened my doubts and I surmised that in these two cases, the palpitation was caused by mobile phone radiation,” underlined the cardiologist. Dr Gupta also claimed that in both the patients, the irregularity in heartbeats became normal after 24 hours of rest and discontinuation of mobile phone usage.

One of Dr Gupta’s patients who requested not to publish his name told this reporter that his heart’s condition is much better after reducing the usage of mobile phone. “I had to rely on mobile phones, especially while travelling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai daily since other means of communication are not available. I started developing palpitation, and after reducing the use of mobile phones as per doctor’s advice, I felt much better.”

In the light of his conclusions, Dr Gupta also pointed out the common belief that use of earphones reduces the risk of radiation does not hold ground as one of the above-mentioned patients was using ear phones. According to him, the King Khalid University Hospital, Saudi Arabia, recently conducted a study to determine the link between the use of mobile phones and hearing and vision complaints among the Saudi population. The associated percentage of complaints of earache, heating around the ear, and decreased hearing was 31.2 per cent with duration of calls 5-10 minutes a day, 42.9 with 10-30 minutes, 30.4 per cent with 30-60 minutes, 45 per cent with 60-120 minutes, and 36.4 per cent with more than 120 minutes per day.

Similarly, the percentage of decreased or blurred vision, or both were 6.2 per cent with duration of calls 5-10 minutes per day that rises to 5 per cent with 60 to 120 minutes per day. According to the study, mobile phones are low power radio devices that transmit and receive radio frequency radiation at frequencies in the microwave range of 900-1800 MHz, and despite repeated horror stories in the media about mobile phones, the number of mobile phone users worldwide is reaching one billion.

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