A transparent view of the Carmat, showing its inner construction
The Carmat is expected to be available within the European Union by early 2015, priced between 140,000 and 180,000 euros
Renderings of an implanted Carmat artificial heart
Last Wednesday in Paris, a 75 year-old man received an artificial heart. That in itself might not be newsworthy, as such devices have been in use since the early 80s. In this case, however, the gadget in question was the first Carmat bioprosthetic artificial heart to ever be implanted in a human. According to its inventor, cardiac surgeon Alain Carpentier, it's the world's first self-regulating artificial heart.
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