Every year thousands of patients with heart disease undergo surgery to have CRT Devices implanted in their hearts, that help the hearts beat normally through jolts of electricity.
This process works by placing three electrodes inside the heart, two in the right atrium and ventricle, and one in the left. While the first two are easy to place, the third becomes tricky due to risks of blood clots, clogs and other issues.
So, the third electrode is placed outside the heart. However, if there is scar tissue on the heart, it creates problem with placement and efficiency.
This makes the procedure useless for a large majority of the patients. To provide a better solution for this problem, a company called EBR Systems has introduced a new type of Ultrasonic Implant called WiSE, which can safety be placed inside the heart itself.
This implant is as small as a grain of rice, therefore it can easily be hooked into the inner wall of the hear, where the heart cells can easily grow over it, thus securing it in place.
Once secure, the electrode uses Piezoelectric Elements to convert mechanical stress into electric charge. This charge keeps the heart pumping properly.
The stress required for this implant to work is supplied by regular heart devices such as pacemakers. This way, the implant uses existing devices to provide a better solution for heart disease.
This technology has so far been tested and approved for use in Europe with positive results. It is expected to make it’s way to other countries as well, once it passes all the test of different rules and regulations.
As the technology improves and is approved for more and more countries, it will help save countless lives that otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance of survival.