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US surgeons implant new artificial heart

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7304.66/a (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:66
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. 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 …

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