Lasers - can they regulate your heart?

Lasers - can they regulate your heart?

Your heartbeat marks the fact that you are alive. For some of us, though, the regulation of the heartbeat becomes dysfunctional.

In such cases, it may need a pacemaker to regulate the beating of the heart. 

A pacemaker works by installing a small device the size of a coin with wires connected to your heart. The wires sense the beating of the heart.

In case the rhythym is not what it ought to be, it sends a small electric pulse that will make the heart beat. 

For people around the world with a dysfunctional heartbeat, a pacemaker has been a godsend. 

But researchers have not found an ingenious way of doing this, perhaps even without invasive surgery. 

A research team led by Dr. Andrew Rollins at Case Western Reserve University has been studying the use of laser lights.

Their objective was to understand the use of lasers to regulate heart muscles. 

In the past, laser lights have been shown to be effective on small groups of muscles.

Recently, they found that the same technique could be used to regulate the entire heart. 

So think of a tiny device sitting on your chest, sending laser lights to your heart, and regulating its beating.

No surgery required, no devices that need to be installed or, worse, reinstalled after a few years. 

I know a large part of my content is geared toward preventive health. Ensuring that we do not allow our body to fail us such that we need medical intervention. 

But medical science is as magical as preventive health care; a laser light regulating your heartbeat is one example.

One of the challenges of a pacemaker is that you need to set it to a constant. Your heart does not beat that way.

Instead, you have something known as heart rate variability, or HRV. HRV is the natural variability of your heartbeat.

Perhaps with laser lights, we can restore the heartbeat and also retain variability.

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