4 thoughts on “Latest artificial heart has no pulse… hold on a second.”

  1. The neat thing about the newest LVADs is that they have no pump (and therefore the patient has no pulse). Inside the patient’s torso is a small magnetically-driven impeller, which connects the left ventricle to the aorta. This internal LVAD is what delivers blood to the rest of the body.

    It kind of reminds me of some of the aquarium pumps I’ve had. The patient in the article is holding up the external “brain” unit and one of the two battery packs. She has a wire that comes out of her torso and connects to the “brain” unit.

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