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I think this is genius. If it can be shown to be reliable then it will be a great way to power medical appliances (pacemakers etc). Also, it generates power as long as you are alive, so no need to have your chest ripped open again to replace the pacemaker battery that you are about to outlive.


About the blood clots, oddly enough this did occur to the bio-mech engineers and doctors:

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There’s some concern that the device might cause blood clots, but the researchers are optimistic that there are ways to effectively work around such issues.
Wow, scientists are clever. Who knew?



It has been said many times before but still, please read the article before posting!
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the work around: its called taking aspirin for life and not getting into a car accident.
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um, so couldn't these things get clogged in your body
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um, so couldn't these things get clogged in your body
the whole idea is to get it clogged in your body. your aorta to be exact.
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If it malfunctions somehow, you wont even realize it. You might even be dead
since a pacemaker is a life sustaining device, i would imagine this would be in addition to some kind of rechargeable backup battery with an alarm. the alarm would allow you to go to the doctor in time, with the backup battery juicing your pacemaker until you got there to figure out what was up.

as for all the people saying its going to break loose and go flying into your brain, they have these little arterial coil stints that would confine it in a certain location in the artery or vein it resided in. watercoolers: think kill coils, but they are actually attached to the arterial wall. the kill coils dont move, right?

clots may be an issue as described by the researchers themselves, but its unlikely to happen as it would most likely be suspended in the arterial wall and allow for plenty of blood to pass by it. it would also have to be a high flow device in order to work properly.
    
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