The experimental C-MIC implant heals the heart using electricity, potentially reducing the need for heart transplants.
The C-MIC (Cardiac Microcurrent) unit was created by an international team for use in patients with dilative cardiomyopathy, in which the heart muscle loses the ability to contract. The device is implanted via minimally invasive surgery and includes a pair of electrodes—one on the outside of the heart and one in a ventricle. Once in place, the C-MIC will create microelectric pulses that travel through the heart muscle, stimulating the tissue to regenerate.
In tests on a human patient, the heart began to show signs after regeneration after just three months of having the implant in place.