Heart Implants

According to an article published by MIT Technology Review, researchers are developing a tailor-made heart implants. They use images of animals and through a 3D-printer build a model of an animal heart. Over the heart, they put a stretchy electronics on it. The stretch is removed from modeled heart in which allow the stretch with electronic devices to be put in a real heart with a perfect fit.

The most interesting is that the stretch has sensors, oxygenation detectors, strain gauges, electrodes, and thermometers. The next step for the experts is to add many other sensors such as light sensors, light-emitting diodes and light sensors. The first one “might help detect a heart attack, since the enzyme NADH, which accumulates during heart attacks, is naturally fluorescent” (Bourzac, 2014, p. 15). The second and last one “could provide information about heart-tissue health by identifying areas with poorly oxygenated blood, which is less transparent to light” (Bourzac, 2014, p. 15).

As you can see, it will be possible in the future a person monitors his or her heart; consequently, it is possible to prevent many issues as coronary artery disease. This technology open unprecedented possibilities to keep the human being health to live longer.

Bourzac, K. (2014). Heart Implants, 3-D-Printed to Order. MIT Technology Review, 117(3), p. 15.