FEB 22, 2019 7:15 AM PST

Wireless Ventricular Assist Devices Change Lives

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce
Israeli tech company Leviticus Cardio has created a unique system that allows for wireless charging of a ventricular assist device (VAD). Previously VADs charged via a power cord that runs from the device through a hole in the patient’s abdomen. This is cumbersome for patients who frequently have to recharge at an outlet or via an external battery. There’s also a risk of infection where the charging cord meets the body.
 
This new technology charges electromagnetically through a wearable vast, allowing patients to be wire free. The battery on these new devices lasts about eight hours for a single charge.
 
A wrist monitor connected to the device alerts the users to issues like a low battery. There’s also an internal vibration alarm to warn of low battery or serious malfunction.
 

If the wireless charging system were to fail, a wired charge is also available. Luckily, Ismail Tursunov, a 24-year-old patient using the device, reports not having needed to use the wired charging back-up even once since his devices implantation.

 
The above video from Leviticus Cardio goes into detail about this impressive new charging system.
 
 
 
About the Author
Applied Sport and Exercise Science
Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
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