Solar-Powered Pacemakers By Estefan Castillo

What is the point of a pacemaker?

  • Consists of a battery, a computerized generator, and wires with sensors at their tips
  • Monitors and Controls heart beats
  • Electrodes help detect the electrical activity.
  • An Abnormal heart rhythm will send signals to the computer, then the generator will send electrical pulses to the heart.

Who?

  • Typically, people with Bradycardia or some sort of heart block

How to test?

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Holter Monitor
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress test

Research

  • Lukas Bereuter of Bern University Hospital and the University of Bern in Switzerland (Lead Author)
  • 3.6 Square-Centimeter Solar Cell
  • 10 Solar Measurements Devices
  • 32 Volunteers from Switzerland
  • 5 to 10 microwatts to power a pacemaker device
  • Participant with the lowest powered output was at 12 microwatts

What to expect

  • Extensive studies on solar powered pacemakers
  • Reduction in procedures
  • Less adverse events
  • Cost saving
  • Create other solar powered health related devices

resources

  • Future Looks bright for Solar-Powered Pacemakers. (January 14, 2017) Modern Healthcare. Retrieved from http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170114/MAGAZINE/301149962/future-looks-bright-for-solar-powered-pacemakers
  • Who Needs a Pacemaker. (February 28, 2012) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Retrieved from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pace/whoneeds
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