Published in Blood Weekly, August 26th, 2004
Its design is intended to solve the problems of mechanical failure and blood clotting that have bedevilled artificial hearts and pumps since they were invented. The pump also has a curious side effect: people implanted with the device have no pulse.
The VentrAssist, which is made by Australian company Ventracor, is of a type known as left ventricular assist devices. LVADs are not designed to replace the heart but are implanted alongside it under the rib cage. They augment the pumping action of the left ventricle - the heart's main chamber...
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