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Artificial heart (image 1 of 12). Surgeon's gloved hands holding a Novacor artificial heart. This implant will be connected by an artificial blood vessel to the heart's left ventricle, taking over its function of pumping blood to the body through the body's main artery, the aorta. It has two valves, on either side half way up, and is implanted in the abdomen near the waist. The Novacor is powered by an external battery. Artificial hearts are temporary measures used in cases of untreatable heart disease which enable patients to survive until a heart donor can be found. This sequence of artificial heart implantation runs from image M561/033-044.
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