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Originally posted by westcoast
reply to post by Fopicon
ETA: I gotta add this because a lot of people have commented while i was researching. This article is very MISLEADING. Please read on to find out why......
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This is in no way a strike against ya, because your linked article is recent....but the story is NOT!! I did some searching and found some better info on this. First, here is the original article from the Texas Heart Institute that gives the complete story. It is from March of last year:
Texas Heart Institute
Second...here is a follow-up article from June of last year. The patient later died from his other illnesses. Also, this device is a long ways off (still) from being a replacement to heart transplants. It is externally powered AND controlled....it needs a console to run it!
June 2011 follow-up article
"It is a good life-saving pump, but the limitation of it is that it is externally powered and externally driven, and it requires a large console," said Frazier. "So, if we are really going to impact the premature death from heart failure, we have to have a pump that is implantable and can replace the heart."
So while it is a milestone....it is still a long ways away from being used except in very extreme cases where the person is waiting for a transplant.
The patient later died because of conditions unrelated to the heart operation, but Cohn says the implanted heart worked well.
"He went five weeks and his blood pressure and the flow through his body and his oxygenation was beautiful throughout that interval," recalled Cohn.
Normally when a person works or exercises, the heart beats faster so that more blood can flow to the muscles in need of energy and to the lungs where the blood is oxygenated. But Cohn says the continuous-flow heart does the same without the pulsation.
"If the conditions change so that the amount of blood arriving to the pump increases, the flow through the pump will increase," added Cohn. "It sort of has the ability to automatically increase its flow like the mammalian heart, which is, perhaps, the biggest advantage of all."
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Originally posted by PriestOfAries
reply to post by np6888
I think you may be taking a classical meaning of "Heart" a bit far...The heart of you being and your Heart are very different things. In the line of thinking you presented you could also assume that "Intestinal fortitude" leads to the conclusion that your will and determination come from your Intestinal tract.... I do how ever believe that we are the sum of our parts, and that each and every piece of us makes us who we are. Though I still think you may have taken it a bit literally.
Back on subject, This is very interesting, but old news. We, contrary to the Headline, cannot live with out a heart of some kind. We still need a pump to circulated oxygenated blood around our body. The pulse, I'm not sure and have no facts to back it up, but I'm going to guess that there is a very specific reason we have a pulse and our heart isn't designed to continuously pump with out noticeable breaks, or a pattern. Best I can guess is that it's alot easier to decrease the time between each pump (pump faster) then to increase the volume through in a constant manner. To make it work the other way you would have to have ALOT of pressure (such as you find in a plumbing system) and that would be hard to maintain in a moving body.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is located midway between the navel and the base of the sternum. It supports the spleen, pancreas, stomach, and liver [Chia, p.243]. Each of these vital organs in addition is associated with its own chakra, just as the heart, lungs, and kidneys are.