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Atrial Fib and RF/EMF/EMR

I have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, have had to have an electric shock (defibrillation) about 18 months ago, I had a second milder episode about 5 months ago that recovered on it’s on without treatment while checking in at emergency.
Because of safety concerns raised at work, I have recently been doing some reading on RF/EMF/EMR and associations to heart arrhythmic issues. For my job, I am required to carry a portable radio that emits RF/EMF that seem to fall within Canadian Federal Standards, however, my employer is now suggesting that we carry two portable radios, both of which are support using a Utility belt around the waist, and both have hands free microphones that attached to an Epaulet Mic Strap near each shoulder. Additionally, we are often in a company vehicle that has a mobile radio system in the vehicle and carry a company cell (iPhone) that I general put into a pocket compartment in a vest on my right side. On top of that I carry two additional cell phones (one android smart phone, the other another iPhone) that I usually will put in a side thigh pocket for each leg in my tactical pants.

Some of the reading I have come across suggest that direct or frequent contact with portable electronic devices, such as the equipment I am using, could have direct negative impact on increased safety issues associated with heart arrhythmic issues and/or potentially be a cause to have triggered the Atrial Fibrillation episodes that I have experienced.  It seems that there are a number of warnings available, and that studies are currently being conducted to measure the severity of associations to heart issues in this regard. I am wondering if you have any comments about this, are aware of safety associated issues or can direct me to studies, etc.

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257552 tn?1404602554
Good questions. I did a cursory search, I found some sites I trust that mentioned concerns of arrhythmias caused by Radio Frequency Energy, but not a lot of info at this time.

There were a plethora of advocacy sites about the health implications of RF Energy exposure, but I don't trust such pages. They may be well meaning, but may use data that has not fully been validated. I often use internet searches followed by the letters NIH (For the National Institutes of Health). Even at the NIH, published studies can often be found that contradict themselves, but the site is convenient for the more technical studies on health issues.

That said, a few things about radio frequency energy:

""Electromagnetic radiation has the following interesting properties
It can be found in nature or be man-made.
It does not require a medium for propagation.
It travels with the speed of light.
It carries energy as it propagates. The higher the frequency, the higher the energy associated with the wave.
It can transfer its energy to the matter on which it impinges.
Its transferred energy may be sufficient to break chemical bonds, ionizing the matter on which it impinges.
Its propagation obeys the inverse square law (see below).
It can be broadcast outwards to reach many locations or it can be formed into beams to reach a particular spot.
It travels in straight lines.
It can pass through walls.

In free space, all electromagnetic waves (radio, light, X-rays, etc.) obey the inverse-square law which states that the power density of an electromagnetic wave is proportional to the inverse of the square of the distance from a point source or:

Doubling the distance from a transmitter means that the power density of the radiated wave at that new location is reduced to one-quarter of its previous value.

The power density per surface unit is proportional to the product of the electric and magnetic field strengths. Thus, doubling the propagation path distance from the transmitter reduces each of their received field strengths over a free-space path by one-half.""

The radios, when receiving, obviously don't present much RF Energy. The Energy is transmitted by the antenna, unless your model differs, so the speaker/microphone won't represent much exposure. You won't be using both radios simultaneously, so the amount of RF Energy is limited to one radio, the same as if you were only wearing one. If they are worn at waist level, I'd be concerned about the exposure in those areas, such as the hips, but again, the exposure is largely limited to the amount of time you transmit, not the amount of time you wear the radios.

The vehicle radio uses coaxial cable to transmit the RF Signal to the antenna on the vehicle, so exposure to the RF Energy by the Radio itself is very limited, and the exposure to the RF Energy from the Antenna is more than partially shielded by the metal in the car.

Phones, they transmit short pings to the most available Cellular Antenna, this occurs all day long. The weaker the signal as received by the Cell Phone from the Cell Tower, the stronger will be the RF Energy from the Cell Phone attempting to communicate with it. Unlike Radios, Cell Phones handshake with the tower when receiving Text Messages and other notifications, thereby increasing the amount of time they actually are transmitting in addition to their use as a phone.

These are my opinions, I'm an Amateur Radio Operator, and I may not have everything right, but to the best of my knowledge it is.

I'd like to see links or search words for the material you have read, the topic interests me.
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Thank you for you response to the query I posted and the interesting information you provided. In response to your request, here are some of the links I referenced;

MA/COM Manual for P7200 Portable radios:

Some quick links that I found, again, still dissecting them to check legitimacies and the studies and also continuing to research other sources:
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257552 tn?1404602554
Thanks for the links. I used to work for MA/Com Telecommunications (in digital communications). Been a long time since I've seen that name (I doubt they exist anymore, they were taken over by Hughes Networking.

Thanks much for the links, I'll take time to go through them.
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