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25-Year-Old Lived for More Than a Year Without a Heart

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25-Year-Old Lived for More Than a Year Without a Heart


@hulitu β€’ 24 days

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"This 25-Year-Old Lived For More Than a Year Without a Heart

" And the reporter more than a year without a brain.

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@OJFord β€’ 24 days

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The 'artificial heart in a backpack' device itself: https://syncardia.com/clinicians/home/

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@maverick-iceman β€’ 24 days

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At what point will become better not to trust your 90 year old heart and just use this instead?

25 year old heart vs this machine is no match...but a 90 year old heart which could fail at any moment...maybe the swap is worth it.

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@yashksagar β€’ 24 days

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woah, does this mean we can prolong life expectancy by a few years, and potentially longer in the future?

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@aetherspawn β€’ 24 days

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This guy is Iron Man.

(I wonder, if this thing fails, does it have a hand crank?)

Edit: The answer is no, you need to find an AC power outlet. If the power is out, you die. How scary.

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@pomian β€’ 24 days

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I wonder how much software is in this system? Obviously not much, after looking at HN over the last many years: -Ransomware attack - pay or we turn off your heart pump! -The system will now shut down, ok? Over a whole year of operation seems to be a pretty good test of system hardness.

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@failwhaleshark β€’ 24 days

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Portable ECMO. Yikes.

Perfusionists typically think ECMO = circling the drain.

If you can survive it, you are basically Iron Man as mentioned elsewhere.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extracorporeal_membrane_oxygen...

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@tibbydudeza β€’ 24 days

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I wonder how they solved the clotting problem.

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@premium-gecko β€’ 24 days

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Anyone interested in the topic of humans living for years without hearts might be interested in Justin Trudeau's autobiography.

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@vimy β€’ 24 days

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Imagine having your heart in a backpack and some dumb security guard wants to take away your backpack for inspection.

I would hardly leave the house wearing something like that.

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@shrx β€’ 24 days

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Reminds me about David Foster Wallace's passage from Infinite Jest[0]:

> The 46-year old recipient of the Jarvik IX Exterior Artificial Heart was actively window shopping in Cambridge, Massachusetts' fashionable Harvard Square when a transvestite purse snatcher, a drug addict with a criminal record all too well known to public officials, bizarrely outfitted in a strapless cocktail dress, spike heels, tattered feather boa, and auburn wig, brutally tore the life sustaining purse from the woman's unwitting grasp. The active, alert woman gave chase to the purse snatching 'woman' for as long as she could, plaintively shouting to passers by the words 'Stop her! She stole my heart!' on the fashionable sidewalk crowded with shoppers, reportedly shouting repeatedly, 'She stole my heart, stop her!' In response to her plaintive calls, tragically, misunderstanding shoppers and passers by merely shook their heads at one another, smiling knowingly at what they ignorantly presumed to be yet another alternative lifestyle's relationship gone sour. A duo of Cambridge, Massachusetts, patrolmen, whose names are being withheld from Moment's dogged queries, were publicly heard to passively quip, 'Happens all the time,' as the victimized woman staggered frantically past in the wake of the fleet transvestite, shouting for help with the stolen heart.

[0] Wallace, David Foster. Infinite Jest. New York: Back Bay Books, 10th Anniversary Paperback edition, 1996. Pg 143.

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@anilgulecha β€’ 24 days

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Given he was able to be active (play basketball), this opens up a path for better optimizing heart transplant supply chain - which I assume would be volatile.

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@Gys β€’ 24 days

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[inside his body]

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@siva7 β€’ 24 days

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here is the actual procedure of implantation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mstm_2wlHPc

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