«Energy Harvesting» - An Alternative Energy Source for Cardiac Pacemakers

Photo of implanted batteryless pacemaker

Conventional pacemakers have batteries which are responsible for the power supply of the device. These batteries have a finite energy storage capacity, which is why pacemaker generator changes are frequent due to battery exhaustion. Pacemakers without batteries are therefore highly desirable. Reoperations and resulting complications can thus be avoided. The following article by among others sitem-insel employee Dr. Adrian Zurbuchen gives an insight into the research and development activities in the field of batteryless pacemakers.

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