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Innovative Pacemaker Powered By Your Own Heartbeat

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Posted in Hardware on 13th Apr, 2014 11:50 PM by AlexMuller

Battery-powered pacemakers have to be removed every 5 to 7 years when their batteries run out, but new technology presented at a meeting in the US suggests this may one day no longer be necessary: Engineers have developed a pacemaker that is powered by the heartbeat of the heart it is treating.

 
Pacemakers are implanted medical devices that use electrical impulses to control the heart muscle to regulate the beating of the heart.
 
Amin Karami, a research fellow in the U-M Department of Aerospace Engineering, says in a press statement released on a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012, that many patients fitted with pacemakers are children, who are destined to live with the implanted devices for many years:
 
"You can imagine how many operations they are spared if this new technology is implemented," says Karami.
 
At the meeting in Los Angeles, Karami reported a study where he and his colleagues tested an "energy-harvesting" device that uses piezoelectricity, which converts energy of motion into electricity.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-14
+3
This may look as a little improvement of a great solution to a big problem- however, in practice this could be very helpful and significant. As they state, this will save many operations needed to replace pacemakers because of the battery life Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-14
+3
Promising:" Using the energy from heartbeats, their prototype cardiac energy harvester was able to generate 10 times more energy than that consumed by modern pacemakers."
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-14
+2
Yes, if researchers can refine the technology and it proves robust in clinical trials, it would further reduce the need for battery changes.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-14
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The researchers say the next step is to implant the device-They hope to integrate their new technology into commercial pacemakers. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-14
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There are some other recent developments that could change and facilitate use of pacemakers. The world’s smallest pacemaker has been developed that is one-tenth of the size of a conventional pacemaker and is delivered directly into the heart through a catheter inserted in the femoral vein! Reply


 

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