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An Important Cardiac Leap

As human beings, we move around with many notable traits, but if we have to pick the most notable one of them all, the answer will always talk to our trait of solving problems. We have, on our part, proved it time and time again that we can devise a solution for literally any given question. Talk about how we have done so, human beings would go on to bring some unique ideas into the picture. This is also pretty much how we stumbled upon technology, and as soon as the stated discovery came along, nothing was ever the same. You see, for the first time ever, we had a tool that could impact each and every area on our spectrum. Such a dynamic naturally allowed it to produce a host of beneficiaries in its wake. While all these forays were significant in their own right, what the creation did within our medical sector stands out rather comfortably. This is because technology linked up with healthcare at a time when the sector was plagued by obsolete methods from every direction. Hence, having the creation’s unprecedented skill-set enabled it in regards to pursuing a whole new pathway. In fact, even after reinventing the sector’s very identity, technology continued to elevate it under some capacity or the other, and the same was pretty evident in one recent development.

The researching team at Northwestern University has successfully developed a cardiac pacemaker, which is designed to dissolve away over time, therefore eliminating any need to get it removed through a procedure. Cardiac pacemaker is used by the patients who have just undergone a cardiac surgery and need temporary pacing. It can also be used in newborns born with some underlying cardiac issues, but in both cases, we are looking at an extensive removal procedure that can create its own complications. Nevertheless, the new cardiac pacemaker does much more just adding a bit of convenience. According to certain reports, the device, for example, is well-equipped in terms of monitoring various physiological parameters, including cardiac electrical activity, muscle tone, oxygen levels, temperature, respiration, and physical activity. Interestingly enough, the pacemaker also boasts a clear capability of communicating with the patient. This is made possible by another haptic device that you can wear anywhere on your body. The primary purpose here is to inform the user regarding a potential malfunction or something like a low battery case.

“This marks the first time we have paired soft, wearable electronics with transient electronic platforms,” said John Rogers, the leader of this research. “This approach could change the way patients receive care providing multinodal, closed-loop control over essential physiological processes — through a wireless network of sensors and stimulators that operates in a manner inspired by the complex, biological feedback loops that control behaviors in living organisms.”

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