Nov 13, 2023

This artificial heart uses magnets and spinning disks to reinvent the heart

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The wait time for a heart transplant is long — from many months to over a year. Some patients will never get the transplant they need.

But researchers may have come up with an artificial heart solution: a titanium, pumpless, device with spinning magnets — and it looks nothing like a bonafide heart.

The problem: Heart failure affects over six million people every year in the U.S., and treatment options are slim. Medication can help, but some people need a heart transplant for a full recovery. Still, donor hearts are hard to come by. The number of people who need a heart far exceeds what’s available. And, donor hearts aren’t one-size-fits-all. The blood type and size need to be just right.

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