Some side effects experienced by current generation LVADs may arise from not having the same level of pulsatility as the HeartAssist5®. Included here is a paper authored by O.H. Frazier,MD, Hassan A. Khalil, MD, Robert Benkowski, BS, and William E. Cohn, MD, titled “Optimization of axial-pump pressure sensitivity for a continuous-flow total artificial heart.”
Reliant’s system acts like your car’s dashboard. “If a patient’s pump has any sign of a challenge, like dehydration or low flow, the remote monitoring system signals the change to a data-collection center that notifies the transplant center as well as the individual,”
Cheney, 73, has suffered a total of five heart attacks including one in the summer of 2010, after which he was outfitted with a left-ventricular assist device (or LVAD).
But although Atlantis’ 12-day mission will bring the shuttle era to a close, a lot of the technology developed for the program will live on in terrestrial surroundings.