There are so many sources, we can get energy from. In which the sun is the main source of energy. But have you ever imagined that we can also get the energy from the Heartbeats. Yes, it is quite shocking but true. There are researchers out there who are working on such projects and also getting through it. They used animals in this invention and did it successfully. They got some opinions from some well-known experts, which they will work on. A pacemaker that does not require a battery. It can harvest its energy from the user`s beating hearts that have been successfully tested in pigs. Let`s see more about the work.
How it works
According to research, There is an Energy Harvester. It has wrapped around the heart. It generates electricity from the pulsating motion of the muscle. Each beat of the heart is important to produce more electricity to power the device.. There is a pacemaker that works by delivering electrical impulses to the heart causing them to contract. It generates a regular heartbeat. Most of the devices need to replace it every five to seven years to replace the pulse generator, this procedure often needs an overnight stay in the hospital.
Researchers used pigs for the test
Pig`s hearts are about the same size as those humans, So because of that researchers used pigs. It operates in a reciprocal way within the body led to the device being dubbed a symbiotic cardiac pacemaker. The team of American and Chinese scientists said Millions of patients rely on implantable medical electronic devices due to powerful diagnosis and treatment capabilities.
Circuits of IMEDs have evolved into ultra-lower power consumption, miniaturized and flexible devices under the synergy between academia and industry. These batteries of IMDEs are generally bulky, rigid and have short lifetimes Power source has impeded the progress of IMEDS. As per the test, it showed that the harvested energy was higher than that needed for a human pacemaker. This could be some years before symbiotic pacemakers are ready to be implanted safely into human patients. British expert Tim Chico said, the study results are very encouraging but there is a lot of work to be done. before it might be used in humans.
This energy harvest device should be inserted around the heart, In open-heart surgery. It is a lot more invasive. which pacemaker does not even need. It would greatly limit who could have this. the device should be placed in heart only otherwise this could be a problem.
Yes, it is right that we need energy all the time. So the people who need the pacemaker to work at all the time or to deliver defibrillation. It uses a lot more electricity and so it is important that any self-powering device has enough stored energy for these situations.
In 2017 a 77-year-old man became the first in the UK to have a three-lead pacemaker. It used new device and fitted in heart via hole.. So it’s removing the need for open-chest surgery.