Artificial heart implanted in France
For the first time, a bioprosthetic heart that may give patients up to five years of extra life has been successfully implanted in a 75-year-old French man.
The procedure was performed on December 18th at France’s Georges Pompidou European Hospital, and the patient is said to be doing well.
The artificial heart, designed by French biomedical firm Carmat, is powered by Lithium-ion batteries that can be worn externally.
The heart that was put into the patient uses a range of “bio-materials”, including bovine tissue, to reduce the likelihood of the body rejecting it, ‘The Telegraph’ reported.
This device is intended to replace a real heart for as many as five years, unlike previous artificial hearts that were created mainly for temporary use.
Carmat’s artificial heart is three times heavier than an average healthy human heart.
The patient is currently awake in the intensive care unit and is speaking with family members.
“We are delighted with this first implant, although it is premature to draw conclusions given that a single implant has been performed and that we are in the early post-operative phase,” Marcello Conviti, the chief executive of Carmat, said.
The device mimics heart muscle contractions and contains sensors that adapt the blood flow to the patient’s moves, the report said.