Artificial heart fails test in 76-year-old

Artificial heart fails test in 76-year-old

POSTED: 04 Mar 2014 10:46
An artificial heart, made of soft “biomaterials” and an array of sensors to mimic the contractions of the heart has failed to keep alive a 76-year-old man who received the ‘heart’ which aims to enable hospitalised patients to return home and maybe even resume work while waiting for a donor heart.

PARIS: After 75 days, a 76-year-old man given an artificial heart to prolong his life, has died.

The artificial heart, which is a self-contained unit implanted in the patient’s chest, is made of soft “biomaterials” and an array of sensors to mimic the contractions of the heart.

The ‘heart’ created by French biomedical firm Carmat, aims to provide a longer-term solution to bridge the wait for a donor heart and enable hospitalised patients to return home and maybe even resume work.

The 76-year-old man had received his artificial heart in December in a world first, performed after the French government gave its green light to the operation.

“Seventy-five days after the implant of the first Carmat artificial heart bioprosthesis in a 76-year-old man with a terminal heart disease, the patient died on March 2, 2014,” the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital said.

The hospital statement said the causes of death “will not be known until after a thorough analysis of the abundant medical and technical data that has been recorded”.

The surgeons who carried out the ground-breaking operation and subsequently monitored the patient’s progress were keen to “stress the significance of the initial findings drawn” from the experiment, the hospital’s statement said.

They paid homage to the patient, who was “fully aware of what was at stake and — with his trust, courage and will — made a memorable contribution to the medical battle against a growing disease.”

Artificial hearts have been in use for many years as a temporary fix for patients with chronic heart problems.

In the US, the rival to Carmat is an artificial heart called AbioCor, which has been authorised for use in the United States for patients with end-stage heart failure or life expectancy of less than 30 days, and who are not eligible for a natural heart transplant or any other viable treatment options.


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