Pacemaker Researchers Swap Batteries for Biology
What if instead of implanting an electronic pacemaker in your chest, scientists could reprogram a tiny portion of your heart cells to beat better? That’s what researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have managed to do in six pigs with complete heart blocks, reporting the findings in Science Translational Medicine. Study author Eduardo Marbán discusses whether this treatment could be a long-term replacement for the traditional battery pack pacemaker.
Eduardo Marbán is director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, California.