Medical Devices & Technology

Medical Devices & Technology Articles

Don’t fear pacemakers

The likelihood of needing a pacemaker increases with age, but it is no longer the scary device it once was. Pacemakers have evolved from fixing irregular heartbeats to helping the heart mimic normal function, which can help many older men with certain heart conditions stay more active longer. (Locked) More »

Monitoring your heart rhythm with a smartphone: A good call?

Smartphone apps that detect possible atrial fibrillation (afib) may one day help improve screening for this common heart rhythm disorder. One app currently under development relies on the phone’s camera and flash to measure color changes in a person’s finger to detect a pulse and any irregularities. Another, which is placed on a user’s chest, relies on the phone’s internal sensors that track speed, movement, and orientation.  (Locked) More »

FDA approves first absorbable stent

The FDA approved the first artery-opening stent made from a substance that biodegrades in about three years. The new stents appear to work as well as older metal stents, but blood clots may be more likely to form inside the absorbable stents.  More »