This Revolutionary New Innovation Could Help Keep Your Heart Beating Forever

Scientists have created a revolutionary new electronic membrane that could replace pacemakers, fitting over a heart to keep it beating regularly over an indefinite period of time.

Scientists have discovered a 3D-printed, “electronic glove” that could fit on a heart and keep it beating regularly over an indefinite period of time

Scientists at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis have created a thin, electronic membrane than can keep the heart beating inside at a perfect rate.

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This photo shows the new cardiac device ― a thin, elastic membrane ― fitted over a rabbit's heart.

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This "spider-web-like network of sensors and electrodes" is stretchable and lined with circuits to sense and interact with the heart, unlike the pacemakers and implantable defibrillators currently available.

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The research group has already experimented successfully with a rabbit heart by scanning it while it was alive, printing a precise 3D model and creating the membrane to fit it

Once the heart was removed from the rabbit, it was placed inside the membrane in a "nutrient and oxygen-rich solution," and has been beating since then:

The use of high-resolution imaging technology means that unlike current pacemaker and implantable defibrillator technology, the thin, elastic membrane will be custom-made to fit “snugly” over the real heart

"When it senses such a catastrophic event as a heart attack or arrhythmia, it can also apply a high definition therapy,” said biomedical engineer Igor Efimov of Washington University, who helped design and test the device.

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“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,” Efimov said.

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The researchers hope to build functional human models in 10 to 15 years. Watch the video, here:

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