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Heart implant surgery (image 11 of 12). Surgeons' gloved hands using a cauteriser (lower left) to seal blood vessels before suturing a surgical heart implant cut. A Novacor artificial heart was placed in the abdomen through this cut and then attached to the heart's left ventricle and main artery, the aorta, using artificial blood vessels. The implant has taken over the left ventricle's function of pumping blood to the body through the aorta, powered by an external battery. Artificial hearts are used in cases of severe heart disease to keep a patient alive until a heart donor is found. This sequence of artificial heart implantation runs from image M561/033-044.
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