Navigation Links
Recycling pacemakers may alleviate burden of heart disease across the globe
Date:10/19/2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Millions worldwide die each year because they can't afford a pacemaker. Meanwhile heart patients in the United States say they'd be willing to donate theirs after death to someone in need.

In the current issue of Circulation, experts at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center examine the legality and logistics of collecting pacemakers, after they are removed for burial or cremation, for sterilization and reuse across the globe.

Small humanitarian efforts have shown reusing pacemakers is safe and effective with little risk of infection and patients live as long, and as well, with a recycled pacemaker as those who get new ones, authors say.

It's a novel approach for treating cardiovascular disease which remains the world's leading cause of death.

"Establishing a validated pacemaker reutilization program could transform a currently wasted resource into an opportunity for a new life for many citizens in the world," says study senior author Kim A. Eagle, M.D., cardiologist and a director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center.

Each year 1 million to 2 million people worldwide die due to lack of access to pacemakers. But 84 percent of patients surveyed at the UM would donate their pacemaker for reuse.

Through partnerships, the U-M hopes to make the concept of recycling pacemakers a life-saving reality for those who cannot afford them.

Pacemakers are implanted to correct a slow heartbeat. A slow heart rate can be caused by heart attacks, conductive diseases or old age and lead to fainting and fatigue.

Some foreign manufacturers have reduced the cost of pacemakers to as little as $800, a price that still makes it out of reach in poor nations.

"Despite the substantial cost reduction, a new pacemaker is often more than the annual income of the average worker in underdeveloped nations," Eagle says.

Poor nations have not been able to afford the electrophysiology technology that has reduced cardiac deaths in industrialized nations, while unhealthy lifestyle, as well as infectious diseases, contribute to escalating rates of heart disease worldwide.

In recent decades, industrialized nations have seen a drop in deaths from heart attacks and strokes, but those in low- and middle-income nations continue to experience an epidemic of cardiovascular disease.

For instance, in South America and Central America, the parasitic infection Chagas disease can disrupt connections in the heart. Chagas can affect 20 million people, and a study revealed that 72 percent pacemaker recipients in Brazil had been infected at some point in their lives.

Growing evidence and support laid the groundwork for Project My HeartYour Heart, a collaborative between citizens, physicians and funeral directors of Michigan, the U-M Cardiovascular Center and World Medical Relief, Inc., a Detroit-based non-profit organization that specializes in the delivery of used medical equipment.

Pacemakers removed before burial or cremations are rarely returned to the manufacturer and instead are stored at funeral homes with no apparent use. In a U-M survey of Michigan funeral home directors 89 percent said they were willing to donate devices to charitable organizations if given the opportunity.

A model program

According to study authors, after families consent, donated devices will be sent by the funeral home in a free postage-paid envelope to the U-M for assessment of battery longevity. Funeral directors can request packages from U-M.

If the device has a battery life greater than 70 percent, it will be sterilized and old patient information will be erased, with the ultimate goal of allocating devices to institutions throughout the world with assistance from WMR."Of primary concern when discussing reuse of devices is the possibility of infection," says lead author Timir Baman, M.D., a U-M cardiology fellow.

"However, U-M physicians have examined previous studies involving device reutilization and found the overall infection rate of less than 2 percent is similar to that of new device implantation."


'/>"/>

Contact: Shantell M. Kirkendoll
smkirk@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. When Earth Day Is Everyday At The Office, Used Office Furniture Recycling
2. Yoga alleviates pain and improves function in fibromyalgia patients
3. Burden of HIV/TB infections increasingly falling on Hispanic community
4. Late-stage melanoma results in economic burden
5. NJHA: Charity Care Must Be a Priority as Uninsured Burden Grows
6. Inequities exists in disease burden, health care and access for minority children
7. For Migraine Sufferers, Stigma Adds to Burden
8. International liver cancer congress provides possible solutions to reduce significant burden
9. Kroll Fraud Solutions' New HITECH Hotline Eases Burden of Data Breach Notification for Healthcare
10. Insurance Woes Can Add to Burden of Psoriasis
11. National Stroke Association survey reveals more than half of stroke survivors suffer added burden of little known neurologic condition
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Recycling pacemakers may alleviate burden of heart disease across the globe
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “The Communion of Saints: A Pastor’s Potpourri ... congregations across the United States. “The Communion of Saints” is the creation ... served congregations in seven states throughout his long career of devotion to the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Seattle, WA (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... emergency and now estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases in the ... to date with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to an estimated ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The physicians of KSF Orthopaedic ... greater Houston Area. The new location is located at 2255 E. Mossy Oaks Rd., ... Village. This newest location will provide patients living in the north Houston area (The ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... Texas ... located at 960 Gruene Road in Building 2. The clinic is the group’s second ... Bennett, PT, says opening the company’s second New Braunfels location brings things full circle ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... with internet and WiFi connectivity are making a huge impact on businesses and individual ... Global Institute estimates the IoT will have a value anywhere from $4 trillion to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... BARBARA, Calif. and INDIANAPOLIS ... (NYSE: LLY ) and the William Sansum ... the lives of Latino people affected by diabetes through ... tremendous burden of diabetes and cardiovascular disease bears a ... United States ," said David Kerr , ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017  The U.S. Food ... (avelumab) for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients ... (MCC), including those who have not received prior chemotherapy. ... a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer. ... cancers, patients with a rare form called Merkel cell ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... MOINES, Iowa , March 23, 2017   ... and career resource, has partnered with Indiana Biosciences ... Indiana organizations and educational institutions to bring ... with the first-ever BioIndiana Hotbed map, an artistic representation ... framed print was presented to Vice President Mike ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: