Implant uses electricity to heal the heart
?We’ve already heard how electrical pulses have been shown to help heal wounds, by promoting tissue growth. An experimental new implant uses that same principle to aid in the regeneration of cardiac tissue, potentially postponing or even eliminating the need for heart transplants.
Known as the C-MIC (Cardiac Microcurrent) unit, it’s laparoscopically implanted under general anaesthetic via two small incisions. It incorporates two electrodes, one of which is applied to the outside of the heart in the form of a patch, and one of which is inserted in one of the ventricles.
Once activated, the fully-implanted main device emits microcurrent electrical pulses, which travel through the heart muscle between the two electrodes. This stimulates the muscle tissue, causing it to regenerate.
In the current human trials, the first test subject is showing initial signs of regeneration after receiving the implant three months ago.