Replacement artificial heart keeps first patient alive

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    Jan 01, 2014 8:37 PM GMT
    Really good news in light of the difficulty in getting transplants.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24796-replacement-artificial-heart-keeps-first-patient-alive.html

    Developed by French firm Carmat, this is an artificial heart designed for people whose hearts are so weak that they can no longer pump enough blood to sustain life. It was implanted in its first human patient on 18 December 2013 at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris.

    The device replaces the real heart and is meant to keep patients going while they wait for a donor: Carmat claims it can be used for up to five years. Lithium-ion batteries outside the body keep it pumping, while sensors monitor and automatically control blood flow to adapt to the patient's activity.

    Biomaterials in the artificial heart help to prevent the body from rejecting it. It is about three times larger than the natural organ, so it fits only about 65 per cent of patients. It would fit 86 per cent of men, though, because they have larger chest cavities.
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    Jan 01, 2014 8:39 PM GMT
    Fantastic! There's hope for you after all. icon_biggrin.gif