Science and Technology is growing and expanding,I hear a lot about pacemakers and I know they help taking care of certain heart condition, but I am just realizing pacemakers goes beyond treating heart conditions. New studies shows electrical stimulation from pacemaker leads to reduced nausea and fewer days in hospital. Severe nausea and vomiting known as Gastroparesis occurs when the stomach empties very slowly without the evidence of blokage, mostly seen in gastric surgeries or diabetes.
According to the article on ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2010) stimulation somehow acts on the brain's center for nausea and vomiting by activating the neural pathways running from the stomach to the brain, (Andersson 2010). When 27 patients were included in a study testing electrical stimulation of the stomach. 22 had fewer symptoms as a result of initial temporary stimulation, and 20 of these then had a permanent pacemaker surgically inserted into the stomach. 90% Of the patients who responded well to temporary stimulation, with good results in a long term follow up of surgically inserted pacemaker. We have come a long with science and technology I think this is great news for people who suffer from gastroparesis especially people with advanced stages of diabetes.
Posted by Anna Moreno