Scientists create new Robotic Heart Implant that can make your heart beat forever
The world over, heart failure and cardiac arrest is a huge problem killing millions of people. Despite several devices and therapies involving 3d printed bionic devices are under constant study, the world is yet to see a commercial application to help those suffering from heart problems. However in a recent breakthrough a new heart soft robotic sleeve or heart implant holds promise to ensure hearts beat for a much longer time.
Researchers from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital have now come up with a soft robotic sleeve that actually mimics heart muscles. The device has been successfully tested on pig’s hearts.
1 Innovative device mimics muscles of a human heart
The apparatus has been made from silicon. Lead author of the research study and Harvard doctoral candidate Ellen Roche has designed the innovative device that is being projected as having many advantages over current ventricular devices and implants. The device mimics movements of heart muscles twisting and turning as such allowing the heart to beat normally. It is specifically meant in conditions where the heart muscles have failed which is the most common condition leading to heart failure.
Till date several studies have found that the biggest problems with simiiar devices were heating up and the rigidity of the devices. In comparison the soft robotic sleeve uses soft pneumatic actuators powered by air surrounding the heart and acting like the outer cardiac muscles. The actuators twist and compress the sleeve achieving the same motion as a normal beating heart.