Mechanical alternatives to the human heart: Intracorporeal assist systems and total artificial heart

Jacob Lavee, Yoav Paz

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Abstract

The currently available intracorporeal assist systems and total artificial heart provide long-term support for patients terminally ill with congestive heart failure, often in an out-of-hospital environment. While they are currently widely used mainly as a long-term bridge to heart transplantation, their inherent risks of infection or stroke are prompting interest in future devices that will be smaller, fully implantable and hopefully stroke-free. These devices will be described in the last part of this review.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-212
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Artificial heart
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart transplantation
  • Ventricular assist device

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