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New conductive polymer for heart treatment created
- February 18, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
After a person is experiencing an acute cardiac crisis or attack, he often has sewn up scar tissue instead of a certain amount of natural heart tissue – and despite the fact that this way the problem is generally solved, nevertheless, the elasticity of the heart becomes at risk, because scar tissue does not have the same flexibility and degree of contractions as cardiac. That is why a team of specialists from the University of Dublin presented their new development in the form of a special cardiac patch, placed inside the heart muscle and made up of a special compound of electrically conductive polymers.
As a result of preliminary tests, the scientists found that the presented heart patch has really promising capabilities and abilities – not only offering an effective degree of electrical conductivity, but also contracting correctly even at the time of atypical heart contractions. However, we are talking about preliminary tests in laboratory conditions, which were carried out on biological tissues, and not on animals – but, taking into account the current achievements in the development of the patch, the team of experts has no doubt that it will be able to present something really interesting and unusual, something like that, which will work great not only on animals, but also on people.
Since it is supposed to install this heart patch outside the heart, without the need for intersection of various other elements. The patch itself is composed mainly of polypyrrole, which conducts large and stable flows of electrical signals better than other types of polymers.
Spraybase's research team, which has truly impressive experience behind developments of this type, helps the team in developing a new heart patch. So we can hope that the improved functionality of the presented heart patch will become a reality, because both teams are actively working to eliminate potential problems and improve the most powerful aspects of development.