Gallery: University of Michigan Researchers Create Heartbeat-Powered Pa...


Pacemakers are lifesavers, but they have a downside: every seven years or so a pacemaker’s battery must be replaced, requiring surgery – with all the risks and costs that surgery comes with. But all of that could change with a new heartbeat-powered piezoelectric pacemaker developed by researchers at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. The device can theoretically run for as long as a patient is alive, and it is half the size of traditional pacemaker batteries, so it is less invasive.

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