Many people in the United States either suffer from heart failure or have a family member die from it. Did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control, that one in every four deaths is due to heart disease and that it is also the leading cause of death in both men and women? Many risk factors contribute to this number, and unfortunately, a lot of us continue to participate in the bad habits that may cause us to have a heart disease one day. In an attempt to improve cardiac function, a research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Seoul National University have developed a new medical device that basically “gives your heart an electromechanical hug.”
The first word that pops into your head is CYBORG, right? The robots are taking over! Calm now; it’s not that bad and it could potentially save a lot of lives in the future. This device makes up for what pacemakers cannot do, which is give electrical impulses to the entire heart structure, and not just a limited number of places on the organ. The entire heart is wrapped in an elastic device that moves with the organ and works alongside it to improve the cardiac health of the patient. As someone who has had a few members in her family suffer from cardiac conditions over the years, this is welcome news and I hope that this device will push the development of other such products in the coming years to help our loved ones live longer.