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Implant uses electricity to heal the heart

An experimental new implant uses electrical pulses to aid in the regeneration of cardiac tissue, potentially postponing or even eliminating the need for heart transplants.

Being evaluated via a collaboration between the Medical University of Vienna and Vienna General Hospital, the device is made by German company Berlin Heals. It’s intended for use in patients afflicted with dilative cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle degrades to the point that it can no longer contract sufficiently.

Current treatments involve drug regimens or the implantation of pacemakers, although when those approaches aren’t sufficient, a complete heart transplant is often necessary. That’s where the new device comes in.

Read more at New Atlas