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Physical Description:
silastic (overall material)
epoxy (overall material)
dacron (overall material)
brass (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
overall: 41.5 cm x 10 cm x 12 cm; 16 11/32 in x 3 15/16 in x 4 23/32 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 16 in; 9.525 cm x 13.97 cm x 40.64 cm
Object Name:
total artificial heart
heart, artificial
Place made:
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
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The Soft Shell Mushroom Total Artificial Heart has an actively opening and closing mushroom-shaped inflow valve. An air sac around the stem of the mushroom when inflated expels the blood from the ventricle during systole. A hard septum is held partly over the left ventricle. Dacron netting is attached to it to constrain the ventricle during systole. The heart was made by Willim Kolff's sons Alfred and Cornelis (Case), and implanted by Dr. Clifford Kwan-Gett in the summer of 1968 at the University of Utah.
Currently not on view
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Related Publication:
Kwan-Gett, C. S.; Wu Y.; Collan, R.; Jacobsen S.; Kolff W. J.. Total Replacement Artificial Heart and Driving System with Inherent Regulation of Cardiac Output
Credit Line:
Willem J. Kolff, M.D.
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Artificial Hearts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History