Artificial Heart To The Rescue

By A Demon Vampire By The Name Of Succubus

Intro

Welcome ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls to the greatest report on earth. Opens Curtains. “Introducing… what it is, the history of artificial heart, how the artificial heart works, and the surgery. Sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful journey along the road about the artificial heart. (Just to let you know you might be so astonished that you’ll be hungry for popcorn and you’ll need a drink so hurry and go get some.)”

                             

What it is

Many people wonder why the artificial heart was invented. Well this paragraph will tell you why. According to Kevin Bonsor, Until recently, the only hope for thousands of severe heart failure patients is to get a kind and generous donor that has died to give them a heart transplant. Slightly over 2,000 heart transplants are performed in the US annually, meaning that thousands of people die waiting for a donor. So recently, the artificial heart came out so that those that can’t find a donor still have hope!

What does an artificial heart do? According to WikiAnswers, an artificial heart does many things. The main answer that is given when people ask what an artificial heart does is: the function of the artificial heart is to pump blood around the body the same way a normal heart does. So the artificial heart does exactly what is needed to replace an artificial heart.

If you read this paragraph you are going to learn what the first artificial heart was called. According to, The Jarvik-7 was the first working artificial heart. Robert Jarvik designed the Jarvik-7. The patient that was implanted with it survived 112 days!

Do you ever wonder, “Is there a brand of artificial hearts?” Well read this paragraph and you will get an answer. According to Kevin Bonsor, There are about 4 different types of artificial hearts that I've heard about. The most common used artificial heart brand is the AbioCor heart. Wow that’s a funky name for an artificial heart, well actually for anything in that matter.

History

One question that I find on many FAQ pages is “Who was implanted with the first artificial heart?” Kevin Bonsor proclaimed, for about two months after the surgery, hospital and AbioMed officials kept the name of the first patient a secret. However, on August 21, 2001, it was revealed that Robert Tools, a Kentucky resident and former telephone company employee, was the history-making patients. Although Robert has battled an infection and needed a ventilator following his surgery, his doctors report that the mechanical heart continues to function without problems. Wow hu that’s pretty interesting?

The question and answer found in history books is when the first artificial heart was implanted. Kevin Bonsor (wow this guy is smart) said, heart failure patients were given a miracle as surgeons at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville Kentucky performed the first artificial heart transplant on July 2, 2001.     

How it Works

The artificial heart obviously pumps blood I mean that’s what a heart is for. The question is how many gallons of blood can an artificial heart pump per minute. According to Kevin Bonsor (Gosh this guy’s good), the AbioCor is incredible. It almost fully replaces the artificial heart. The AbioCor can pump more then 10 liters per minute. That is just enough to do daily activities such as taking a shower.

The question that has been answered in this paragraph is a very surprising and interesting answer. Emily Singer announced, the artificial heart pumps blood through the body non-stop, rather then with the beat of the normal heart. Artificial hearts that have this rather then an artificial heart that has a beat (known as continuous flow pump artificial hearts_ are already in use as part of the "ventricle assist devices." These are implanted into patients with a bit of remaining heart function to help circulate blood through the body. Artificial hearts replace the heart entirely. Wouldn't that be weird to live without having a heart beat? I wouldn't ever be able to get used to it.

Many patients ask their doctor before the surgery how long the batteries last. The company for the AbioCor posted on their website, The batteries of the AbioCor are very small and they operate for half an hour letting the patient conduct activities such as taking a shower, without an external power source or battery pack. Then you have to charge the batteries. If you have multiple battery packs then you will be able to do activities for longer. You wouldn't want your battery packs dying out now would you? That would not be good!

How long did the first artificial heart last anyway? Well keep reading and you’ll know! Kevin Bonsor said, the first artificial heart was designed to double life for patients that had only about 30 days to live without the operation. It lasted about 6 months. That’s really changed now. Now artificial hearts last much longer!

Well I’m sure you want to know what the artificial heart even does. According to Wikipedia, An artificial heart does many things. The main answer that is given when people ask what an artificial heart does is: the function of the artificial heart is to pump blood around the body the same way a normal heart does.

Surgery

How long does the surgery last to implant an artificial heart?  Well according to Kevin Bonsor (wow him again?!), The surgery to implant a AbioCor artificial heart is extremely delicate and requires lots of concentration. Not only are the surgeons cutting off and extracting the natural heart's right and left ventricles, but they are also placing a foreign object into the patient’s chest. The patient must be placed on, and later removed from a heart-lung machine. The surgery requires many stitches to secure the heart to artificial ventricles properly. Grafts connect the AbioCor to remaining part of the natural heart. Grafts are a kind of synthetic tissue used to connect the artificial device to the patient’s natural tissue. The surgery usually takes seven hours to do everything mentioned above. Well it’s better then 7 days.

Before performing the surgery the patient has to go few a few things. Kevin Bonsor (OH MY GOSH THIS DUDE LITERALLY KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT THE ARTIFICIAL HEART!), The grapefruit-sized device (artificial heart) must fit inside the patient's chest. To determine whether or not the device will fit in the patient’s chest, the patient has to go through a CAT scan and a chest X-ray. Afterwards, using a computer-aided design (CAD) program, the naturally heart is virtually removed (Not in real life, they just do it on the computer to see if the heart will fit) and the AbioCor heart is virtually placed in the patient's chest. If the computer program shows that the device will fit then the surgery will go on!

 

Conclusion

Well after reading my report you have officially become an artificial heart know it all (just like that Kevin Bonsor guy!). I hope you enjoyed reading about what the artificial heart is, the history of artificial heart, how it works, and the surgery. Thanks for reading my report Whew we’re done!