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Implantable Device Can Monitor, Treat Heart Disease


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The patch pictured on a human heart.

Researchers at the University of Houston (UH), the Texas Heart Institute, and the University of Chicago designed a rubbery bioelectronic cardiac patch that can be implanted on the heart to read electrophysiological activity, heartbeat, and other indicators.

Credit: University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Researchers at the University of Houston (UH), the Texas Heart Institute, and the University of Chicago have designed a rubbery bioelectronic cardiac patch that can be implanted on the heart to read electrophysiological activity, heartbeat, and other indicators simultaneously.

UH's Cunjiang Yu said, "For people who have heart arrhythmia or a heart attack, you need to quickly identify the problem. This device can do that."

The device also harvests energy from the heart's beating movements to operate without an external power source, and can facilitate electrical pacing (electrically stimulating the heart like a pacemaker), and thermal ablation (using electricity to vaporize cancer cells or tumors).

According to the researchers said, "Our rubbery epicardial patch is capable of multiplexed ECG mapping, strain and temperature sensing, electrical pacing, thermal ablation and energy harvesting functions."

From University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
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