Studies have shown that heart diseases kill almost 17 million people a year.
There are few those who accept for their organs to be donated after their death, so French scientists have decided to create an artificial heart. They have recently brought to light a working prototype of an artificial heart, created using satellite and airplane technology.
This prototype is the only one in the world which is fully functional and is capable to replace the original and successfully take over all its functions and respond to the same signals a natural heart does every day.
The artificial heart imitates natural heart beats quite well and uses electric sensors for the regulation of the blood flow and heart rate.
The producing company is called Carmat and its representatives have made a brief description of how the artificial heart works last week, at a press conference in Paris. They said it uses air pressure and altitude sensors which should establish immediately the right quantity of blood the patient needs.
The prototype is made out of pig tissue and polymer, amongst other materials, and so far it has been tested only on animals. The company is waiting for approval to start clinical trials.
This post was written by Dana Ciucalau on November 3, 2008
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