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New Robotic Sleeves Invented To Help Problematic Hearts That Fail At Beating On Its Own

By Marion Villareal , Jan 22, 2017 09:44 PM EST
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Scientists are now making good of technology, providing care to the ones who may have life a little difficult. Just recently, they have developed a soft robotic sleeve that will guide the hearts which fail at beating on its own.

Scientists Develop Device To Assist Patients With Failing Hearts At Beating On Their Own

It has been reported that the scientists these days are developing robotic sleeves that have the ability to encase a diseased heart while it gently squeezes it so to keep it pumping. This device has only been tested on animals so far, helping improve the blood flow on pigs. However, this robotic device has the ability to mimic the movement of a beating heat naturally. This could definitely be a big hep to those whose own hearts are failing them.

This study is about to be tested on humans with a team from Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital at it. This will be done by wounding artificial muscles into the soft silicon robotic sleeve, thus it will be an alternate compressor with the heart tissue underneath. This procedure will be done as soft as it could be done, which is highly a different approach than the therapies offered by hospitals these days. Nevertheless, once successfully tested on humans, they will soon be a great replacement for heart transplants and could aid failing hearts.

This Device Could Provide Alternative For Heart Transplants; For Cases Not Severe

According to a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Frank Pigula, the device can be adjusted well to the specifications and comfort of its own user. He was the one who took the idea to a team of colleagues developing soft robotics at Harvard. Of course for severe cases which this may not be taken as an option, other measures could certainly be done. This is to ensure patients of failing hearts that there are other options that they could fall into that would not require themselves to be opened up, lying down an operating table.

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