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Pumped to Assist the Heart With an Artificial Aorta

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Photo: © 2021 EPFL / YOAN CIVET

In January of this year, EPFL engineers announced in Advanced Science their concept of a novel cardiac assist device that is devoid of rigid metallic components. It consists of a soft, artificial muscle wrapped around the aorta that can constrict and dilate the vessel, ultimately enhancing the aorta’s natural function and aiding the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.

Now, EPFL engineers led by Yves Perriard of the Laboratory of Integrated Actuators in collaboration with the University of Bern, have successfully implanted their first artificial tubular muscle ...