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Release date- 24062014 - Pacemaker research from the Universities of
During 2012-13 in
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 normal healthy variation in heart rate during breathing is lost in cardiovascular disease and is an indicator for sleep apnoea, cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.
The novel device being developed by scientists at the Universities of
The device works by saving the heart energy, improving its pumping efficiency and enhancing blood flow to the heart muscle itself. Pre-clinical trials suggest the device gives a 25 per cent increase in the pumping ability, which is expected to extend the life of patients with heart failure.
One aim of the project is to miniaturise the pacemaker device to the size of a postage stamp and to develop an implant that could be used in humans within five years.
The research team has already patented the technology and is working with NHS consultants at the
It is hoped that this technology can also be applied to other areas of brain research, including prosthetics and potentially to stimulate the rebuilding of nerves following a stroke.
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