This week, French surgeons implanted a Carmat artificial heart in a human patient for the very first time. The device, which combines mechanical components and heart tissue derived from cows, is the first artificial heart designed for long-term use up to five years.
Like all technology, medical implants can be made smaller as the engineering behind them gets more advanced. Which is why a 16-month-old Italian baby was able to become the recipient of the world's smallest artificial heart—and have its life saved in the process.
At the Texas Heart Institute, doctors have developed an artificial heart replacement that produces no discernible pulse or audible heartbeat.
In honor of Valentine's Day, Gizmodo presents you with the Liotta-Cooley heart, the world's first totally artificial blood-pumper. Developed by Dr. Domingo Liotta and implanted by Dr. Denton A. Cooley on April 4, 1969, the Liotta-Cooley heart kept a 47-year old man alive for three full days before a human organ became…
Until now, all other artificial heart transplants were just temporary relief. A 15 year old boy from Italy became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart, due to the Duchenne syndrome which was wasting his muscles away.
The heart that beats inside Charles Okeke's chest is completely artificial. It keeps him alive, but at a price: he's tethered to a 400-lb. machine in a hospital. Thanks to a revolutionary backpack-sized breakthrough, he can finally go home again.