CARMAT artificial heart

CARMAT artificial heart

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Caption: CARMAT artificial heart. Components of the artificial heart being developed by the French company CARMAT as an implant to be used as an alternative to heart transplants. The components include pressure, temperature and posture sensors, and microprocessors that use the data to regulate two motor pumps that perform the function of the ventricles. This device weighs 900 grams, 100 more than a human heart. Originating from a 1988 patent by French surgeon Alain Carpentier, the first prototypes were built between 1995 and 2008. Clinical trials were authorised from late 2011, with commercial production intended for 2013.

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