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article imageArtificial heart implanted in a man in France can last 5 years

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 22, 2013 in Health
The French biomedical firm Carmat reports that it has implanted an artificial heart in a male patient and that he is doing well. The surgery took place in Paris last Wednesday at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital.
"We're delighted with this first implant," the CEO of Carmat, Marcello Conviti told media. "Although it is premature to draw conclusions, given that just a single implant has been performed and we are in the early postoperative phase."
Artificial heart patient conscious, talking
A Carmat official said that the patient, whose name has not been released, is “conscious and speaking to relatives” and there does not appear to be complications. While artificial hearts have been used temporarily as patients await a heart transplant, the heart implanted Wednesday is designed to keep ticking for up to five years.
The materials making up this artificial heart are different than those of temporary devices as it contains sensors and biomaterials that are intended to do a good job of mimicking an actual human heart. It's also hoped that it will not only work as a heart, but that there will be less chance of blood clots or organ rejections.
Pioneers in healthcare
The expectation is that in the not-so-distant future this artificial heart will help to reduce or eliminate the backlog of patients with diseased hearts forced to join a queue and wait for a heart transplant.
France's Social Affairs and Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, told a French TV station that the implanted heart brings "great pride" to her country. "It shows we are pioneers in healthcare," she said. "That we can invent, that we can carry an innovation that will also bring great hope to plenty of people."
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