Soon, a pacemaker that matches heart beats with breathing [Science]
Times of India
Pre-clinical trials suggest the pacemaker gives a 25% increase in pumping ability, which is expected to extend the life of patients with heart failure. It is hoped that this technology can also be applied to brain research, including prosthetics , and potentially to stimulate the rebuilding of nerves following a stroke.
Currently, the pulses from pacemakers are set at a constant rate when fitted which doesn't replicate the natural beating of the human heart. The new device makes use of synthetic neural technology to restore this variation of heart rate with lung inflation and is targeted at patients who have suffered heart failure.
The device works by saving heart energy, improving its pumping efficiency and enhancing blood flow to the heart muscles itself. The research team has already patented the technology.