Sometimes referred to as a "bridge-to-transplant," artificial hearts are composed of plastic, aluminum and polyester, and perform an action similar to the natural heart. An external power system energizes and regulates the artificial pump through a system of compressed air hoses that enter the heart through the chest.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is committed to providing accurate and reliable information for transplant patients. The content on this page was originally created on May 5, 2006 by UNOS and last modified on May 11, 2006. The following sources were used as references:
American Heart Association, retrieved May 11, 2006.