Artificial Heart success
On 18 December 2013 the first artificial heart was implanted in a 75 year man in end-stage heart failure. The procedure was carried out at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris. Professor Christian Latremouille, achieved the operation it lasted around ten hours along with Professor Daniel Deveau of CHU Nantes.
“The patient is doing well, he gets better every day” says Dr. Latremouille.
Professor Alain Carpentier, creator of this revolutionary machine, said “My main goal was to engineer an artificial heart that sole purpose was not to act as a stop gap between heart and transplant”
This artificial heart is the first piece where all the mechanical systems are within the same structure unlike other previous versions where they replace parts of the heart.
The second feature that makes this a heart revolutionary is that it gets close to mimicking the physiology of the human heart. “This is a heart that reacts like a normal heart, the stress efforts, emotions and even pathological situations,” says Dr. Carpentier.
This artificial heart has a good tolerance and compatibility to the patient who wears it. It does not require taking anti-rejection medications (immunosuppressants), as is usually the case for heart transplants and a much lower risk of clot formations, “adds Professor Carpentier.
This heart has been designed to improve the quality of life of patients and prevent stress. The only constraint is a belt with a battery to power the heart. This will require the patient to recharge its batteries, like a mobile phone. This is the only constraint for the wearer of heart.
This heart is still in the testing phase. The treatment of end-stage heart failure remains for the moment a heart transplant. “Patients who are implanted with an artificial heart are patients who are not eligible for heart transplantation,” said the surgeon.
I think you will agree that this is a move in the right direction.