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How PaceMakers Improve Quality of Life

How PaceMakers Improve Quality of Life

A pacemaker is a small, electronic device that is implanted inside a person’s upper chest in order to regulate the pacing of one’s heartbeat. Its sole job is to mimic the body’s natural sinus rhythm or heart rate. It is designed to be surgically implanted fairly easily, requiring only minor surgery, and it is comprised of two main components: a generator and a group of leads, or electrodes. The way it works is by monitoring your heart rate and, if necessary, sending an electrical signal that acts as a stabilizer. It is smart enough to determine whether an increased heart rate is caused by activity or a faulty pacing system in the human body. There are several reasons why a person might need a pacemaker, but regardless of the reason, the main goal is to maintain a steady heartbeat in order to improve a person’s quality of life.

Evolution of the Artificial Heart

Evolution of the Artificial Heart

For as long as medical history dates, there have been patients suffering from heart disease. As the number of suffering continues to increase, the number of donor hearts remains limited. Because of this, not all patients will receive a matching donor heart in time. To...

How the Heartbeat Can Charge Medical Devices

How the Heartbeat Can Charge Medical Devices

Defibrillators and pacemakers are medical heart devices that rely on battery power, but these have the disadvantage of requiring replacement every five to ten years. Whenever people need to undergo surgery, it can be costly and introduce new complications, even with routine operations like battery replacement. In order to help prevent these sorts of mandatory invasive surgeries, researchers at Dartmouth College are in the process of developing new methods that will generate electricity by means of leveraging the human heartbeat’s strength instead of relying on external factors.

The Relationship Between Machine Learning and Medical Devices

The Relationship Between Machine Learning and Medical Devices

Technology is creating a digital revolution in almost every sector of the world, and healthcare is no exception. From the watches that will soon be able to detect early signs of a heart attack, to advanced imaging devices that will allow doctors to find microscopic abnormalities buried deep within the body, technology is driving healthcare forward. As impressive as the creation of hardware technology is, the software powering it may be even more remarkable because the next big breakthroughs in medicine will most likely be powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

A Biofuel Cell Could Now Power Medical Devices

A Biofuel Cell Could Now Power Medical Devices

Research conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Korea University has lead to the creation of a new biofuel cell powered by glucose that utilizes electrodes from cotton that could power medical devices. This fuel cell has double the amount of power than a...

The Basics of Thoracic Surgery

The Basics of Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery is a specialized field of medicine that involves the surgical intervention of the chest cavity. This may include medical procedures performed on the lungs, heart, and esophagus. Surgery of this nature can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging...

A New Spinal Surgery Robot

A New Spinal Surgery Robot

Robots have been used in the medical industry since the year 2000 with the introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System. Today, little-automated robots are used to make deliveries, clean and disinfect areas in a variety of hospitals. A robot that assists spinal...

The Future of Robotic Surgery

The Future of Robotic Surgery

Technology has greatly improved our ability to provide professional care for those in need. It has given us advancements in the way we share information and efficiently treat patients. Now we are taking another massive leap in the way that people are cared for in the...

AI and the Future of Medtech

AI and the Future of Medtech

Our species has always relied almost exclusively on human diagnosis and treatment in our healthcare, but recent innovations in AI may culminate in a future in which machines are at the forefront of medical care. Advancements have been rapid, and this scenario may...

The Most Popular Medical Devices of 2018

The Most Popular Medical Devices of 2018

The mission statement of the Galien Foundation is to recognize “innovation that improves the human condition”. Each year, the foundation awards the Prix Galien Award to examples of people in the biomedical and technology fields who have achieved this by inventing...