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Artificial Heart Created by Novosibirsk Cardiologists is 3-5 Times Cheaper than its Analogs
June 23, 2016 13:17

Novosibirsk cardiologists have developed an artificial heart - a pump for mechanical support of blood circulation. The device is manufactured in the way that is different from its analogs and has made it possible to reduce the probability of blood clot formation and cut down its cost by 3-5 times.

"One of the benefits of such import substitution is the cost. The European and Russian analogs cost no less than $150 thousand (about 9,8 million rubles). Ours will be much cheaper, with the approximate price of 2-3 million rubles", -  the cardiovascular surgeon of the Blood Circulation Pathology Research Institute Alexey Fomichev reported to TASS.

According to him, the main difference of the Novosibirsk "heart" is that it is based on a disk pump for surface tension instead of a lobe pump. It reduces details' contact with blood and risk of deadly blood clot formation. Besides, the Siberian device is smaller, lighter and more convenient to implant.

According to Alexey Fomichev, such devices are more often used as the so-called bridge of transplantation: it is temporarily implanted to the patients waiting for a new heart. Another category of consumers are elderly patients. According to Mr. Fomichev, a person can live with an artificial heart for up to 30 years.

Now the "heart" is under trials. It is planned to be implanted to laboratory animals, such  as a mini pig and a calf, perhaps. Its safety assessment and impact on blood will be studied.

The artificial heart was presented at the exhibition of the TechnoProm forum that took place in Novosibirsk on June 9-10, 2016.


Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Artificial Heart Innovations    

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