Mexican company creates artificial heartBy Valeria Bigurra Peñavera
Mexican company Vitalmex made its first artificial heart, in order to help patients who’ve suffered a stroke, heart attack or are waiting for a heart transplant.
The device could keep a person alive for days or even months, depending on the case. Alfonso Rodriguez, manager of innovation of the firm, said the system doesn’t replace the vital organ, and is just a ventricular assistance device, and explained that "the device supports the left ventricle of an ill patient who doesn´t have the ability to pump with the strength a healthy heart would."
This artificial heart will support patients during the postoperative processes; it will also support those patients waiting for a heart transplant, thus improving life expectancy. It’s noteworthy that during the time the device is used, the patient subject at matter must always be kept under observation in a hospital, since the apparatus is a support, not a substitute.
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The Mexican company was established in 1976 and the development of the artificial heart began 10 years ago. So far the device has only been tested with sheep, but the results have been satisfactory, so the next step will be clinical testing in humans.
The heart created by the Mexican company is made with materials that are completely safe for patients, supported by a 100 million Mexican pesos investment.
The device isn’t commercially available yet, but is expected to go on sale in a couple of years’ time, and also have a wide acceptance by the public, mainly because about 100,000 people are affected yearly by cardiovascular disease, and this is a solution that can definitely provide a higher quality of life and broaden life expectancy.
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