Electrical impulses have been used to cure a wide range of illnesses for some time. A recent invention is an implant that uses this method to restore heart tissue.
Employees at German company Berlin Heals partnered with the University of Vienna to create a device that uses electricity to accelerate heart tissue regeneration. In certain cases, this can help avoid resorting to serious operations like heart transplants.
The device is called C-MIC. It is particularly helpful when treating patients with dilated cardiomyopathy - a disease characterized by heart muscle degradation. In this condition, the heart essentially stops pumping blood through the body. In the past, the disease could only be cured by transplanting the entire organ.
The implant is equipped with two electrodes that are attached to the heart and one of its ventricles. Tiny electric impulses stimulate the organ, and after some time the heart returns to its regular state. C-MIC has already been tested on humans.
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