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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 262-268

Use of Mobile Phones in Patients with Stroke

St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru, India

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St. John’s Medical College, Medical Graduate, 10/4, 4th Block, Blessing Garden Layout, Byrathi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560077
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DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_51_21

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Objectives: There is a paucity of systematic studies conducted to get information on the impact of mobile phone radiation on health. This pilot study was done to explore the use of mobile phones in patients with stroke. Methods: This cross-sectional study used a structured questionnaire among stroke patients in a tertiary hospital in India. We collected demographic details, history, and information on their mobile phone type, usage, and specific absorption rate (SAR) value. We used descriptive statistics to report our findings. Results: This group of 50 stroke patients was predominantly an urban population (78%) with a higher number of male subjects (56%); a higher prevalence of ischemic stroke (76%); 30% were smokers; with comorbidities of hypertension (75%) and diabetes (46%), a significant proportion of whom were not on regular treatment 64% and 74%, respectively. More number of patients used feature phones (82%). The median (SAR) value of all phones was 0.81 W/kg. Hypertension was present in patients who had contact with the phone for >5 hours (78%), subjects who kept their phone closer to the pillow while sleeping (71%), and those carrying a phone in their pockets or on self for >5 hours (80%). Conclusion: This group of patients had predominantly ischemic stroke; a significant proportion having hypertension and diabetes were not on regular treatment and were smokers. Cases of hypertension were noted to be higher in patients with increased exposure to mobile phone radiation. As a pilot study with limitations of a small number of patients, these findings could be only incidental. Further research is required to make any conclusions.

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