Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Artificial Heart - From the 'holy mackeral' books!

I find this stuff amazing and more than a little scary.

LONDON, England (CNN) -- French scientists have unveiled a working prototype of a fully artificial heart which is based on the technology of satellites and airplanes.

The device could save millions of lives and beats almost exactly like the real thing using electronic sensors to regulate heart rate and blood flow.

The French model is made from natural materials including polymer and pig tissue, which have already been used in heart valves implanted into people. The artificial heart would initially be for patients who had suffered a massive heart attack or who had heart failure, but might eventually be used in patients who are not that sick.

The artificial heart is expected to cost about 150,000 euros or $192,140. (ed: that'd give you a small heart attack anyway!)

No comments:

Post a Comment