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Less than two weeks after becoming the first person ever to receive a long-term artificial heart, a 75-year-old Frenchman is said to be recovering well.
French company Carmat produced their first completely artificial heart earlier this year with the help of aerospace giant Astrium. Carmat applied Astrium’s expertise in building spacecraft to guarantee the necessary precision and durability for an artificial human organ like a heart.
The artificial heart, a mechanical heart replacement, is typically used in order to bridge the time to heart transplant or to replace the heart in case a transplant is impossible. Often ventricular assist devices are confused with mechanical hearts because the assist the heart through pumps. They are also different from a cardiopulmonary bypass machine which is an external device used to provide the function of the heart and lungs. CPBs are usually only used for a few hours at a time,...
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