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Heartbeat 'could power pacemaker'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:57 PM

A device which could harness energy from a beating heart can produce enough electricity to keep a pacemaker running, according to US researchers.

Repeated operations are currently needed to replace batteries in pacemakers.

Tests suggested the device could produce 10 times the amount of energy needed.

The British Heart Foundation said clinical trials were needed to show it would be safe for patients.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...health-20182529

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:09 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 05 November 2012 - 02:57 PM, said:

A device which could harness energy from a beating heart can produce enough electricity to keep a pacemaker running, according to US researchers.

Repeated operations are currently needed to replace batteries in pacemakers.

Tests suggested the device could produce 10 times the amount of energy needed.

The British Heart Foundation said clinical trials were needed to show it would be safe for patients.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...health-20182529

Wait a second!   If a beating heart powers the pace maker, and the pace-maker keeps the heart beating.... Perpetual Motion?....

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:29 PM

View Postjoc, on 05 November 2012 - 03:09 PM, said:

Wait a second!   If a beating heart powers the pace maker, and the pace-maker keeps the heart beating.... Perpetual Motion?..
From what I understand pacemakers regulate heart beat rather than causing it to beat.


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:50 PM

If this can be made smaller then it might cause less scare tissue which can cause further operations.






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