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Device Runs Pacemakers Using Heartbeat-Generated Power

Posted November 05, 2012 9:16 AM

Engineers have successfully tested an energy-harvesting device designed to run pacemakers with power generated from heartbeats.

The team from Michigan University believes the piezoelectric device could eliminate the need for pacemaker users to have operations every five to seven years when their batteries run out.

'Many of the patients are children who live with pacemakers for many years,' said lead researcher M Amin Karami in a statement. 'You can imagine how many operations they are spared if this new technology is implemented.'


Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/sectors/medical-and-healthcare/news/device-runs-pacemakers-using-heartbeat-generated-power/1014481.article#ixzz2BMEt6GxT

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11/05/2012 5:59 PM

Catch-22?

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