, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 0149-0155

The present and future state of nonpulsatile artificial heart technology

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 The difference between Japan and the United States in the roles of the artificial heart, domestic needs for the artificial heart, and classification of artificial hearts according to configuration and generation are described. The present trend in the third generation is toward long-term nonpulsatile artificial hearts. Individual characteristics of the second and third generations are described, and the performance data are listed for all pulsatile and nonpulsatile pumps in the world.

Received: June 21, 2002
Correspondence to:T. Yamane