artificial heart

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ar·ti·fi·cial heart

a mechanical pump used to replace the function of a damaged heart, either temporarily or as a permanent prosthesis.
The most recent device is the AbioCor® Total Replacement Heart, developed by Abiomed, intended as a permanent heart replacement for end-stage heart failure patients who are not candidates for transplant and cannot be helped by any other available treatment

artificial heart

Cardiovascular surgery A biomechanical device intended to replace the heart's hemodynamic function. See Jarvik-7, Penn State heart, Ventricular assist device.

ar·ti·fi·cial heart

(ahr'ti-fish'ăl hahrt)
A mechanical pump used to replace the function of a damaged heart, either temporarily or as a permanent prosthesis.

artificial heart

A mechanical pumping device intended to maintain the blood circulation of a person whose heart is no longer able to do so. Heart-lung machines can maintain an effective circulation for many hours while a heart operation is performed, but to date, no artificial heart has been shown capable of doing this indefinitely. The main complications including infection, bleeding at connections and blood clotting (thrombosis) with the production of many dangerous emboli. Artificial hearts have, however, been successful in keeping patients alive until a heart transplant can be done. Implantable artificial hearts have functioned for up to about eight months in patients awaiting cardiac transplantation.

ar·ti·fi·cial heart

(ahr'ti-fish'ăl hahrt)
A mechanical pump used to replace the function of a damaged heart, either temporarily or as a permanent prosthesis.