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"A tiny microchip that sits inside the heart and monitors it around the clock could save lives.
The implant, not much bigger than a grain of rice, has been designed to pick up the early warning signs of heart failure, a condition that affects almost one million Britons.
The chip works by measuring the heart’s function — including blood pressure — up to 200 times a second.
When a doctor places a hand-held receiver next to the patient’s ribcage, the tiny sensor instantly transmits its findings.
The problem with current techniques is that they provide only a brief snapshot of what’s going on in the heart, rather than measuring its performance over days or weeks, which can be a more accurate indicator.
If problems can be detected early, it is ­possible to reduce the damage and improve heart function with drugs and surgery.
The chip can be left in place for several months — it is inserted via a tiny tube fed into the heart."
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