Through powerful public-private partnerships, Ohio State is accelerating the pace of medical discoveries and innovation.
Ohio State First in Nation to Implant Device for Treatment of Sleep Apnea
In early 2011, an Ohio State cardiologist implanted a device for the treatment of sleep apnea, which is placed under the skin near a patient’s collarbone. This was the first time the pacemaker-sized device had been implanted in the United States. The device delivers small electrical pulses to the phrenic nerve, which is connected to the diaphragm, helping to establish a more natural breathing pattern. The potential of this therapy is substantial, given the very high prevalence of central sleep apnea in heart failure patients.
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Device Helps Improve Athletic Performance, Reduce Injuries
It takes great talent and intense training to become a professional athlete. Major League Baseball pitchers or players in the National Basketball Association don’t want years of effort or bright futures lost to an injury, especially if it could have been predicted and prevented.
Sports medicine researchers at the Ohio State agree and are leading an effort to develop a first-of-its-kind device that measures an athlete’s core stability and strength – the control of muscles in the body’s trunk and hips – while the athlete is in an active, upright position. If current results continue, the device could hold great promise beyond professional athletes and clinical practice.
Ohio State Clearing Heart Blockages through the Wrist
While coronary artery stenting through an incision in the upper thigh has been a standard practice to treat blocked heart arteries for many years, very few patients in the United States have the procedure performed through a punctured artery in the wrist. Fewer still have it performed as an outpatient procedure.
Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital is one of the first in the country to offer a new clinical initiative to carefully selected patients who don’t have any other chronic health problems. This new approach minimizes the risk of complications and allows patients to go home the same day.