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Second artificial heart implant due in 'weeks': French heartmaker

Published on Mar 17, 2014 7:45 PM
 
An artificial heart made by French biomedical firm Carmat. After its first recipient died, Carmat said on Monday, March 17, 2014, it expected to try again to implant its experimental artificial heart in another patient "in several weeks". -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - After its first recipient died, French biomedical firm Carmat said on Monday it expected to try again to implant its experimental artificial heart in another patient "in several weeks".

Artificial hearts have been in use for many years as a temporary fix for patients with chronic heart problems, but the Carmat product aims to provide a longer-term solution to enable hospitalised patients to return home and lead normal lives.

Philippe Pouletty, Carmat co-founder, told Europe 1 radio that a second experiment would depend on finding a suitable patient, adding that the company still had to wait for the results of an in-depth analysis of the first trial on a 76-year-old man.

The septuagenarian with terminal heart disease died on March 2, two-and-a-half months after being implanted with the artificial device.

 
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