A custom-made membrane that fits around the heart and regulates blood flow may one day keep hearts beating forever, according researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University. The membrane, which the U.K.'s Daily Mail
says is covered with a network of tiny electrodes that monitor heart function, is made using a 3-D printer. It interacts with the body to regulate heart beat, but is much more sophisticated than a pacemaker.
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The membrane, which has successfully been used on rabbit hearts, can sense heart attacks and arrhythmia, and can act immediate to apply needed stimuli and prevent heart attacks or sudden death.
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