CARMAT artificial heart research

CARMAT artificial heart research

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Caption: CARMAT artificial heart research. Medical engineer holding components of the artificial heart being developed by the French company CARMAT. A simulation of the artificial heart is on the screen at right. This device weighs 900 grams, 100 more than a real haert, and is designed to fully replicate the heart's functions. It is intended as a completely implantable, biocompatible, and cheaper alternative to heart transplants. 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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