Horizons in Assisted Circulation
Research on the artificial heart was initiated about 30 years ago, many types of circulatory assist devices intended for different clinical applications have been developed and introduced. Although enthusiastically pursued by many investigators, the ultimate goal, a totally implantable permanent artificial heart, still requires many years of research. This mechanical system has a great potential not only to extend the life expectancy of the patient but also to provide an acceptable quality of life. When compared with heart transplantation it presents several advantage in terms of off-the-shelf availability and application for a large number of end-stage heart disease patients.
KeywordsCentrifugal Pump Blood Pump Energy Converter Artificial Heart Cleveland Clinic Foundation
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