How Does Bioengineering Relate to the Cardiovascular System?

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Bioengineering is used in cardiology and cardiovascular medicine through the use of pacemakers. Discover how a pacemaker monitors the heart rate with information from a cardiologist in this free video on cardiology and the heart.

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Hi my name is Eric Frischhertz, and I'm a cardiologist with Capital Cardiovascular Specialist in Austin, Texas. And I'm here to answer the question of, how does bioengineering relate to the cardiovascular system? I think that the most obvious way that bioengineering is used in cardiology and cardiovascular medicine is through the use of pace makers, which are devices that are engineered to keep a patients heart rate from going too low. There are many patients who have, for a variety of reasons, have heart rates that become too low or in sometimes are dangerously low, or don't allow them to perform activities that they would normally be able to perform if their heart rates could increase. And a pace maker is a device that monitors the heart rate and will keep the heart from going too slow at any given point. And some of the newer pace makers can also increase the heart rate appropriately based on a sensation to the computer that there is increase in activity.

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