Artificial Heart

A new artificial heart, developed by doctors from the Texas Heart Institute, kept a 55-year-old cardiac amyloidosis patient alive without producing a pulse or showing a beep on an EKG machine. The continuous flow device, which is yet to have been specifically named, used a new system of screw-like rotor blades to push blood forward without pulsating.

Courtesy of the Texas Heart Institute
An X-ray shows the dual turbinelike blood pumps that has been used to replace a human heart.  (NPR story)

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