Thursday, October 30, 2008

First fully self contained artificial heart to be ready in 2.5 years

Developers are approximately two and a half years away from human trials of the first truly artificial human heart. The heart is made from chemically treated animal tissues, which allows the body to accept it rather than rejecting it as has been an issue with past artificial hearts. Another advantage is that the new heart will be fully implantable. The artificial heart is even shaped like a real heart, with the same blood flow inside and outside the heart. What is truly remarkable about this heart is that unlike most devices installed to day which are meant as a "bridge" until a donor heart is available, this unit is meant to be the a totally artificial permanent heart replacement.

<- MailOnline via Dvice ->

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