Effect of Mobile Phone Radiation on Heart Rate Variability

Comput Biol Med. 2008 Jun;38(6):709-12. doi: 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2008.03.004. Epub 2008 May 19.


The rapid increase in the use of mobile phones (MPs) in recent years has raised the problem of health risk connected with high-frequency electromagnetic fields. There are reports of headache, dizziness, numbness in the thigh, and heaviness in the chest among MP users. This paper deals with the neurological effect of electromagnetic fields radiated from MPs, by studies on heart rate variability (HRV) of 14 male volunteers. As heart rate is modulated by the autonomic nervous system, study of HRV can be used for assessing the neurological effect. The parameters used in this study for quantifying the effect on HRV are scaling exponent and sample entropy. The result indicates an increase in both the parameters when MP is kept close to the chest and a decrease when kept close to the head. MP has caused changes in HRV indices and the change varied with its position, but the changes cannot be considered significant as the p values are high.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Cell Phone*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Heart Rate / physiology*
  • Heart Rate / radiation effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Cardiovascular