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 »

Taking a look at the latest trends in heart rhythm monitoring

Bulky external devices with many wires that record a person’s heart rhythm for several days or longer are being replaced by small patches and implanted devices. The patches, which resemble large Band-Aids, are placed on the chest and can record heart activity up to 30 days. Their main role is for people with frequent palpitations. The internal devices, called implantable loop recorders, are inserted under the skin to the left of the breastbone and work for about three years. They are mainly used to help diagnose people with unexplained fainting or strokes. Some of these new devices can transmit data wirelessly in real time to a doctor. (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 »