CARMAT artificial heart research

CARMAT artificial heart research

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Caption: CARMAT artificial heart research. Medical engineer using a human body simulator to test the performance with other organs of the artificial heart (white casing at lower left) being developed by the French company CARMAT. This device is designed to fully replicate the functions of a human heart. 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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