Cardiac Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation:

Cardiac Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation:

Worrying Effects on Public Health


Robert Gorter, MD, PhD.

Updated  July 1st, 2020

Dr. Gorter:

Peer-reviewed, scientific literature shows a rapidly increasing number of studies about the damaging effect of pulsed electromagnetic radiation (4G and 5G) on various vital organs, like the brain, the heart and immunosuppression causing cancer and chronic degenerative diseases.

Over the past 15+ years, my team and I got the strong impression that the patients we saw at the Gorter Model clinics had more frequently cancer at a younger age and almost 40% of all patients above 50 years of age had a history of or currently living with significant cardiac arrhythmias (and all were taking medication for it). We started to wonder why this trend way? Long term side effects from earlier chemotherapy and/or radiation? Patients had many immune parameters which were indicating significant suppressed immune function. The suspicion grew that the almost 24 hour exposure to 4G and now 5G pulsed radiation could be the reason of decreased health and immune functioning. And since the electromagnetic waves are pulsed, out attention was drawn damage done internally, including heart, brain and immune system.

Amazingly, we found a large body of peer-reviewed studies documenting the disastrous environmental impact of pulsed, high-frequency radio radiation 4G but especially 5G but policy makers and public health officials seem to ignore all these compelling data..

Cardiovascular Effects of High Radio Frequency Radiation

Radio frequency radiation (RFR) from wireless devices passes through the body and can affect many (all) organs. A mechanism of injury has been documented in the basic science literature to be related to calcium channels and the creation of reactive oxygen species, or free radicals, which damage DNA, lipids and proteins.   Research is limited on non-ionizing radiation on the cardiovascular system but studies have shown clear evidence of changes in autonomic function with a cell phone radiation or Wi-Fi router radiation, including heart rhythm, blood pressure and catecholamine efficacy on the heart. Turedi (2015) looked at prenatal exposure to cell phone radiation in rat pups. They found “swelling in the mitochondria, degeneration in myofibrils and structural impairments” with histopathologic evidence of oxidative stress.

Is Wireless Radiation an Emerging Environmental Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiac disease remains the number one cause of death globally according to the WHO. An Australian study by Vernon (2017) examined cardiac disease and Standard Modifiable Cardiovascular Risk Factors (SMCVRF). The researchers found a significant rise in the proportion of STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction) patients with otherwise poor or no association to known modifiable cardiovascular risk factors. In these patients, there was a reduction of cholesterol and smoking, and with no change in hypertension or diabetes. They called for new approaches to explain this.

Bandara and Weller (2017) responded by publishing seminal paper, “Cardiovascular disease:

“Time to identify emerging environmental risk factors“, in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology. They point out the strong and growing evidence that radiofrequency radiation from wireless devices can negatively affect normal functioning of cellular processes throughout the body via oxidation/inflammation pathways. Starting with military studies that clearly showed cardiovascular effects they end with a review of 242 studies on RFR and oxidative stress noting, “A staggering 216 (89%) of them found significant negative effects”.

It is well known that oxidative stress is associated with inflammation and cardiovascular disease. To improve the outcome for cardiac patients the researchers add, “As for recovery from STEMI, restoration of myocardial perfusion can be compromised by changes of endothelial integrity, platelet aggregation, neutrophil infiltration and inflammation after an acute thrombotic coronary occlusion. At a cellular level, these processes are controlled by redox mechanisms/signaling pathways and therefore, actively reducing exposure to RF-EMR warrants consideration as part of post-STEMI patient management. Indeed, we require high quality clinical studies to investigate if such an approach is effective.” They also highlight the widespread ignorance of physicians in this matter.

Cardiac Tumors and an Aging Heart

The National Toxicology Program on Cell Phones and Cancer study completed in 2018 revealed not only clear evidence of (otherwise rare) cardiac tumors and DNA damage but also histopathologic changes in the heart consistent with early aging. This is consistent with the toxic oxidative effects seen in laboratory studies. See NTP Technical Report.

Heart Palpitations and Electro-Sensitivity

Electro-sensitivity is an acute symptom complex in some 3% of individuals who experience heart palpitations, headaches, nausea, irritability which occur in the presence a cell phone, Wi Fi router, cell tower or other wireless devices. This appears related to multiple chemical sensitivities with common inflammatory biomarkers identified. (Belpomme 2015). Electro-sensitivity (also known as electro-hypersensitivity, EHS or microwave illness) symptoms were highlighted in a NASA document ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD INTERACTIONS WITH THE HUMAN BODY: OBSERVED EFFECTS AND THEORIES 1981.   Electro-sensitivity along with multiple chemical sensitivities are now being recognized by the United States Access Board as a disability “under the ADA if they so severely impair the neurological, respiratory or other functions of an individual that it substantially limits one or more of the individual’s major life activities.” Although they have not yet ruled on it they did create recommendations including “that a project be organized to develop guidelines for the design of an “ideal space” for people with MCS and EMS”   Dr. Ann Lee, former physician at the Stanford Traumatic Brain Tumor Unit, and her son testify in Sacramento, California about her son’s electro-sensitivity with heart palpitations in the presence of Wi Fi routers and Antenna.

A pilot study by the Weston Price Foundation in 2015 looked at the effects of cell phone radiation using live blood analysis under the microscope of healthy young volunteers on a whole food Weston A Price Foundation diet, “WAPF ” diet, versus  controls. In both groups they observed abnormal red blood cell aggregation during and after short term cell phone use.


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Related Articles on Cardiovascular Disease

Increasing proportion of ST elevation myocardial infarction patients with coronary atherosclerosis poorly explained by standard modifiable risk factors. (2017) Vernon ST et al. (2-17) Our J Prev Cardiol. 2017 Nov;24(17):1824-1830.

WHO Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) 2017

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