Praise science! The world’s first true artificial heart has found a home
It took 25 years to develop but finally, there is an artificial heart inside a 75-year-old Frenchman. Unlike similar devices used to keep patients alive until a donor can be found, the ‘Carmat’ heart is ‘expected to operate continuously for as long as five years while enabling the recipient to resume a normal lifestyle, perhaps even allowing the person to return to work’.
The artificial heart weighs two pounds and uses an ‘intricate system of sensors and microprocessors’ to monitor the body’s internal changes, altering the blood flow as needed. The Carmat artificial heart is expected to cost up to $246,000.