Researchers re-create new innovations in the medical field. This time they make an external membrane that lines the heart using 3-D printers. This membrane serves to digitally control the heart rate and is claimed to prevent the occurrence of heart attacks.
The thin membrane is very elastic and can be stretched is designed to correspond with the movement of the heart. In addition, the membrane is also equipped with electrodes that are used to monitor heart function. The membrane is known to be able to function properly when tested in rabbits.
Researchers from the University of Illinois and Washington University announced the results of their innovations in the journal Nature. They hope that this innovation could someday help humans maintain their heart health and prevent heart attacks, as reported by the Daily Mail (03/02).
Even so, the cardiac membrane can not immediately be used in humans. Researchers estimate that they require 10-15 years before the membrane is available for humans. However, they believe that this revolutionary tool will be a long-term solution to prevent a heart attack suddenly.
The researcher also explained that the tool can adapt well to the heart in different ways. Sensors in the device will capture the heart of the movement and sends a signal to the nervous system. This method makes the tool can help keep the heart beating during a heart attack.
“When this tool feel a heart attack or arrhythmia, the device will immediately provide necessary treatment to keep the heart beating and prevent heart attacks,” said Igor Efimox.
Electrical stimulation of this tool will keep the heart beating, the blood continues to be pumped and made to flow throughout the body, so that it will prevent people to die suddenly from a heart attack.