A new artifical heart lets you live with no pulse

| June 14, 2011 | Reply

And it doesn’t make you a zombie, either. Two doctors at the Texas Heart Institute have developed an artificial heart with only two moving pieces. Normal artificial hearts have many more and are therefore unreliable and are prone to bad side effects. The biggest side effect for this artificial heart? You’ll have no heartbeat and no pulse. If you went into a hospital and had an EKG ran you would show as flatlined. One man has already done this and he lived well for 30 days with the heart intact. He died for other reasons due to a disease known as amyloidosis. The pump never stopped working and was a 100% success claim the doctors who are running the trials.

These new artificial hearts work more like a pool pump than a heart. They use a continuous flow of blood to organs rather than the pulsating that is used by a human(or animal) heart. The heart is actually the only organ that needs this pulsating as the nourishment for the tissue in the heart is received in between heartbeats. All other organs don’t seem to care either way. 38 calves and one human have gotten the hearts, and all were a success. Not one has failed as of now. The two doctors in charge of this study say that the attempts at making a pulsating artificial heart are now obsolete, like people using wings like birds to try to fly before the Write Brothers generated lift with a fixed wing. So do you think you would be down to take this device if it meant no longer having a heartbeat? I think this could be a great step for medicine in society if it works. The doctors are currently looking for a manufacturer and FDA approval for the pump type heart, so it will be a few years before you see them anywhere.

Source: NPR Via: Gizmodo

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