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Introduced a Cheap Alternative to an Expensive Hydrogel
- September 2, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Researchers from the universities of Fudan and Brown today presented their new, very interesting development in the field of applied medicine – we are talking about a special heart patch support, designed to maintain the proper functioning of the heart muscle after a heart attack. Since a heart attack is characterized by a rather high chance of stretching the heart muscle, it subsequently weakens, which delays the process of its recovery – this is exactly what heart patch machines are used for, providing muscle support and preventing it from stretching. However, the new development of specialists has such an interesting competitive advantage as the cost of manufacture.
Most of the heart patches distributed in the field of cardiac medicine, one way or another, have a high cost, due to the fact that they require quite rare and expensive materials for their manufacture. However, the new development of specialists from Brown University in its manufacture costs only one penny, since the main material is a cheap hydrogel obtained from food starch.
It sounds really unusual and one cannot even believe that such a cheap design can actually support the regulation of the heart muscle – however, it really does. Due to the fact that the new experimental patch has medium rigidity and a high degree of flexibility, it allows not only to keep the heart muscle in its original position, but also to resist various external deformation and breakdown factors. In addition, she was already tested by specialists in the laboratory, after which she unanimously agreed that it has excellent quality.
Thus, a new heart patch based on a cheap hydrogel may well compete with the vast majority of modern patch machines used in patients with a heart attack. It is worth noting the fact that some other teams of scientists are already striving to repeat the success of their colleagues and present something even more interesting and unusual – all that remains is to wait for this!