New Artificial Heart- Part Cow Part Machine

A new type of artificial heart by French company Carmat, that uses valves made from cow heart tissue, and combines biological materials and synthetic with sensors.    Images © Carmat

The new artificial heart, a “bioprosthetic” device that combines biology with machinery, has also a software to detect patient’s level of exertion and adjust output accordingly.

Now will be tested in patients at four cardiac surgery centers in Europe and the Middle East.

William Cohn, a heart surgeon at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, said:

“It’s a brilliant device; I just worry about the size and mechanical durability. A device that lasts two to three years is, at best, a stopgap for transplant.”

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