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Artificial Heart Technology: The Benefits and Risks of a Game-Changing Medical Breakthrough

Can a man really survive without a human heart?

Stan Larkin’s incredible journey of living without a human heart for 555 days captivated the nation and showcased the potential of artificial organs in saving lives.

After his failing heart was surgically removed (in 2014), Stan relied on an artificial heart device that allowed him to live at home while awaiting a transplant. 

This groundbreaking technology provided a lifeline and marked a new hope for patients in need of transplants. Human organs grown in pigs offer promise in revolutionizing the field of transplants.

Stan Larkin’s story is a testament to human resilience and the power of perseverance. Despite the emotional and physical challenges he faced, Stan approached living without a human heart with courage and the support of loved ones.

The use of artificial hearts as interim support systems is essential for patients awaiting a suitable donor heart, as the prolonged wait often leads to organ failure.

A total artificial heart is a pump made of polyurethane that is placed in the chest to replace damaged heart ventricles and valves. It is controlled by a machine called a driver from outside the body.

Total artificial heart surgery can lead to complications like blood clots or infection, and recovery may require a hospital stay. The total artificial heart is typically used as a temporary measure while waiting for a donor heart for a transplant.

Only one total artificial heart has been approved by the FDA for this purpose. Some individuals who are not eligible for a heart transplant may be able to participate in a clinical trial to receive a total artificial heart.

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