On December 2nd, 1982, Barney Clark became the first human to receive an Jarvik-7 artificial heart. Suffering from congestive heart failure, he became a media sensation before he passed away. The Retro Report and New York Times take a look at the rise and fall of what had been hailed as a medical miracle.
Whyyyyyy, Twitter? Why are you messing with a good thing? Today, Twitter replaced the age-old favorite star with a heart. A heart!
Though it may not look at all like the muscle in your chest, this heart-on-a-chip can beat like the real thing. A blend of microfluidics and biological cells, the device will be used as a more efficient means of testing for drug toxicity.
It pumps blood. Duh. Well, for most of history, people were unsure what the heart's main function was. Even Leonardo Da Vinci gave up studying it and he's probably one of the five smartest guys ever. Even now, it's not as easy as it should be to find out how the ticker works. Don't worry, this Ted-Ed animation will…
The world is one step closer to a future where tiny ship-like vessels travel through our veins and fix our health problems. Recently, doctors across the United States implanted the world's smallest pacemaker into cardiac patients. The device is roughly the size of a large vitamin and is attached directly to the heart…
This pendant isn't just shaped like the human heart on the outside; when you open it up, the ventricals and blood vessels line up on the inside. The chain even runs through the superior vena cava and the left pulmonary vein.
These jugs may look like a smart piece of modern design—because they are—but they're also modelled on the most important muscle of all: the beating heart in your chest.
This amazing 3D piece of silicone dotted with electronics looks like something out of the future—because it is. In fact, this potential pacemaker replacement fits over the human heart and is capable of monitoring and, soon, responding to, its vital signs.
You're looking at a rabbit's heart beating outside the animal that once hosted it. It's alive, pumping blood on its own thanks to a revolutionary electronic membrane that may save your life by keeping your heart beating at a perfect rate.
Buh-bum. Buh-bum. Buh-bum. We all have our own interpretations of what a heartbeat sounds like but here is what it looks like during heart surgery. It looks like it's rolling in place inside your chest. Pretty amazing.
The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has captured this Heart in the Darkness, for all of you astronomers in love out there, "a heart-shaped cloud of 8 million-degree Celsius gas in the central region of the star cluster NGC 346. NASA says that the "the nature of the heart in the darkness will remain mysterious" until they…
Say what you will about these sperm-like bio-bots; they've got heart. The beating of live heart cells propels a tail back and forth, so that these self-powered swimming bio-bots—the first of their kind—could one day wriggle through your body delivering drugs. No batteries needed.
It may surprise you that, despite our seemingly vast knowledge of the human body, we're still decently in the dark when it comes to the smaller portions of the cardiovascular system. Even more surprising, the answer to that problem isn't lying in more powerful microscopes. It's in a heart pumping pure, shiny liquid…
It might look more like something a street vendor would serve up food from, but, believe it or not, this is one of the first ever artificial hearts.
The question of how long someone's heart would have to be stopped for before you can safely say that regardless of what you do, you're not going to be able to revive them is avery tricky question. It's not as simple as saying after 10 or even 20 minutes there's no hope. For instance, there are countless people who…
Though this sounds like a joke, former Vice President Don Cheney and his doctors were legitimately scared about him getting assassinated via terrorists hacking into his defibrillator and causing a heart attack. So they turned off the wireless feature so nobody would kill him via heart hack.
Myth: Shocking someone who has flat-lined can get their heart started again.
Every year the UK's British Heart Foundation runs a competition to find the most interesting images produced by its researchers—and 2013 is a good, good year. Here are some of our favorites.
The little magnets sure make the iPad's Smart Covers useful—but they could switch off pacemakers, too, if a new series of experiments is anything to go by.
The idea of putting a decaying radioactive isotope inside your chest might make you a little uneasy—and rightly so. But in 1967, the National Heart Institute and the Atomic Energy Agency set out to make it happen in the form of a plutonium-238-powered atomic heart. Think Tony Stark with nuclear waste in his chest.