Image: Harvard University; National University of Ireland; SMG

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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May 13, 2017 at 15:38

it's interesting, but the fact that it was tested on pigs disappoints me

Z. gonsalves

May 13, 2017 at 14:07

I feel this is a good way to help people with heart failure.


May 7, 2017 at 10:30

I think biomedical engineering has a lot of potential with this being one of the many interesting areas of development.


May 7, 2017 at 10:10

i think in the future will help a lot of people

elaine anita

May 6, 2017 at 14:27

genius idea.Hopefully soon there wil be human trials.


May 6, 2017 at 12:06

i think it looks quite gross and shouldn't test on animals!

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.


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.


April 23, 2017 at 14:58

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


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.!!!


April 23, 2017 at 10:58

i think it is a great device and will save lives


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.


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


April 20, 2017 at 09:53

i agree we should look at heart disease

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