Early Clinical Experience with Permanent Cardiac Replacement by a Mechanical Device
Cooley (Figure 1) and colleagues’ implanted the first total artificial heart (TAH) in a human in 1969. This attempt was intended as an interim measure until a suitable human heart could be located and transplanted. This group performed a second bridge-to-transplant procedure in 1981,. Since then the TAH has successfully served as a bridge to transplant in many patients.
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