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U.S. develops temporary pacemaker that dissolves

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Researchers at Northwestern and George Washington University in the U.S. have developed a medical first – a temporary pacemaker that is wireless, battery-free, fully implantable and dissolves after it is no longer needed.

The device, described as “thin, flexible and lightweight” could be implanted in patients who need temporary pacing after cardiac surgery or while waiting for a permanent pacemaker to be installed, according a news release.

All components of the pacemaker are “biocompatible,” meaning they will naturally absorb into the body’s biofluids over the course of five to seven weeks without the need for surgical extraction like a standard pacemaker device.




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