US surgeons implant new artificial heartBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7304.66/a (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:66
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
The first fully self contained artificial heart has been successfully implanted into a man with end stage heart failure.
The artificial heart is a technological breakthrough and gives hope to patients awaiting a human heart, as supply is limited. The recipient, an unidentified man in his 50s had end stage ischaemic cardiomyopathy, diabetes, and renal failure and was deemed ineligible for a human heart transplant.
The implantation was performed at the Jewish Hospital of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, by a team of 14, led by Drs …