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April 13, 2017

Heart failure patients often rely on mechanical devices implanted into the heart to pump blood around the body. These devices take over the workload of the heart and are in direct contact with the blood. This can lead to complications such as clotting and strokes. In contrast the heart sleeve is placed outside and around the heart, and can therefore avoid these problems. 

Hennah, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

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sophie ella

April 25, 2017 at 12:09

i think it is good because it helps people from heart-failier which is a good thing!also it stops people from being sick also dying.

Asha

April 24, 2017 at 14:32

i feel this is a great idea and shows the progressive nature of biomedical engineering. However, we need to concentrate our efforts on preventing heart attacks in the first place.

bb

April 23, 2017 at 14:58

what a simple, but it looks like an effective idea. keep up the research.

chahinez

April 23, 2017 at 13:25

i think its really cool it can help people survive while they are waiting for a transplant. IT means it wont have a blood clot.!!!

megan

April 23, 2017 at 10:58

i think it is a great device and will save lives

rebecca

April 20, 2017 at 15:11

Would this be needed if people looked after their hearts properly?

Niamh and Alice

April 20, 2017 at 14:43

altough i thought that it was sad that they were testing on animals the inventions benifits will make up for it.

shanice

April 20, 2017 at 10:33

i think that this is okay because it helps those with heart diseases to live because their heart will still pump although it is unnatural

ellie

April 20, 2017 at 09:53

i agree we should look at heart disease

Tom

April 19, 2017 at 12:48

looks like it woud hurt

Michael

April 13, 2017 at 08:53

Although it's sad they needed to perform animal testing, I think the benefits of this invention will make up for it.

Gabriela

April 13, 2017 at 08:42

we should focus on avoiding heart disease

charlotte

April 13, 2017 at 08:40

We should focus on getting more people on the organ donor register to solve the problem of a lack of available hearts for transplant.

Antonia

April 13, 2017 at 08:40

I think the sleeve is amazing, and will save lots of people waiting for transplant.

Lottie

April 13, 2017 at 08:38

this is amazing, but i wonder how soon it will be available for people?

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