Non-Beating, Non-Pumping Device that Functions Like Heart, Texas Heart Institute Study

Published: Jun 15, 2011

While most people connect a pulse and a heartbeat to life, Dr. Billy Cohn and Dr. Bud Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute have found a way to keep the blood circulating and extend the life of patients while taking away their pulse. Researchers have spent years trying to perfect an artificial heart that does not break down, wear out, or cause blood clots and infections. However, Cohn and Frazier have developed an artificial heart, of sorts, that seems to do the trick. The only catch is it isn’t a heart. There is no heartbeat. There is no pulse. If a patient had one of their new hearts, the patient would appear dead. Attaching an EKG would return a flat-line.

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