For people who have irregular heartbeats, a pacemaker is usually the recommended device to solve this health problem. As the name suggests, it regulates heart rate to keep the organ rhythming.
Regarding this medical device, researchers have formulated a breakthrough type of pacemaker that could reverse heart failure in patients. This year, scientists were able to test it on animals and the trials were conclusive.
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Researchers at the University of Auckland have created a new bionic pacemaker that can monitor breathing by listening to the lungs. It can also reverse heart failure in patients.
According to a report by SciTech Daily, New Zealand-based researchers expect to test the effectiveness of the new pacemaker on humans around 2022.
Scientists at the University of Auckland have created Cysoni, a “bionic pacemaker” that can monitor a patient’s breathing in addition to altering heart rate. This device would be sensitive to real-time signals occurring inside the person’s body.
In one Press releaseJulian Paton, who led the Auckland team, mentioned that the heart rate is “coupled” to the person’s breathing when analyzing heart rates.
It increases on inspiration and decreases on expiration, and it is a natural phenomenon in all animals and humans. And we’re talking about very ancient animals that were on the planet 430 million years ago,” the expert explained.
From there, the researchers hatched plans to develop a unique pacemaker for the treatment of heart failure. They came up with the idea of bringing heart rate variability back to heart failure patients which, in this case, are the animals. This would confirm whether to put back that gap.
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How the Bionic Pacemaker Works
By listening to the lungs, they arrived at a new bionic pacemaker that could also detect electrical signals when the person breathes. This tool is focused on restoring cardiac variability in patients, according to Interesting engineering.
Initially, Paton and his team tested it on rats and later found positive results. Since then, they have observed that the lifesaving device could be a key to reversing heart failure that remains far untapped by modern practice today.
According to Dr. Martin Stiles, a cardiologist who led the trial, the newly developed pacemaker exceeded their expectations. According to him, this bionic creation could “revolutionize” the solution of heart failure in patients in the future.
As for the team’s future plans, the human trial will be the next action in their book. It will start at the end of 2022 in New Zealand.
Pacemakers for animals
In 2019, Tech Times reported that some heart patients in Georgia were donating their used pacemakers to save animals with heart problems. At that time, the donation campaign led by Terri Mattula became a great help for pets in difficulty.
For those who cannot afford a pacemaker for their old dogs, the used pacemaker could extend the life of our beloved pets.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 survivors have been shown to be at high risk for long-term heart problems, according to the tech site.
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