‘A good idea but a lot of the risks were not understood’
A new type of heart cap has been developed by a US research team.
The device can be implanted under the skin, which is the same as a normal heart, and it has been proven to improve the patient’s oxygen levels.
The team led by Dr James Cairns at Boston University used the device in patients with type 2 diabetes, which increases the risk of heart attack.
Dr CairNS told the BBC that the device was not meant to replace a standard heart pacemaker.
“There’s a lot more risk involved in this than there is with a standard pacemaker, because it’s an implant that goes under the patient and it does have a high rate of failure, so there’s a good chance that the implant won’t work,” he said.
The research was published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr James Cairs heart valve implant.
Image: BBC/Boston UniversityA study from the UK showed the device helped prevent people with type 1 diabetes from developing a heart attack or having another heart attack for several years.
It was also successful in treating other cardiovascular diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea, which can cause breathing difficulties.
“Our results demonstrate that this device, which has not been tested before, is effective and safe,” said Dr Cairn.
The devices were designed to be implanted on the skin.
A large device, the heart valve is attached to the underside of the skin through an electrical link.
The heart valve works by keeping blood in the heart and oxygen levels stable.
“The heart is the organ that pumps blood into the lungs, and the heart itself is the valve that’s attached to your heart,” said the team’s chief scientist, Dr Raul Rodriguez, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
“It is not very well understood why people develop these kinds of heart attacks.”
Heart valve implant in action.Image