The Total Artificial Heart — a Research Tool or Potential Clinical Reality

  • D. B. Olsen


Progress in the techniques for surgical implantation of the artificial heart has progressed in parallel with the technology and design of the prosthesis. Initially the total artificial heart (TAH) was implanted by trans-sternal split. This was not the optimal approach, but the complexity in design and size of the prosthesis required maximum exposure of the atria and great vessels. Subsequently the midsternal split incision was used.


Left Atrial Artificial Heart Left Atrial Pressure Right Atrial Pressure Natural Heart 
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