Mar 10, 2014 by Administrator
Not just any old pacemaker, what you’re looking at above (bottom image) is a thin, elastic circuit-lined membrane that was developed by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis. It acts as an artificial pericardium – the natural membrane that covers the heart – to sense and interact with the heart in different ways that are relevant to clinical cardiology.
According to Washington University’s biomedical engineer Igor Efimov, “When it senses such a catastrophic event as a heart attack or arrhythmia, it can also apply a high definition therapy. So it can apply stimuli, electrical stimuli, from different locations on the device in an optimal fashion to stop this arrhythmia and prevent sudden cardiac death.”
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