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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April 19, 2017 at 12:48

looks like it woud hurt


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.


April 13, 2017 at 08:42

we should focus on avoiding heart disease


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.


April 13, 2017 at 08:40

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


April 13, 2017 at 08:38

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

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