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Permanent artificial heart is playing for keeps

• By Ben Coxworth

A device being developed by the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), however, is designed to be a permanent fix.

The OHSU artificial heart was invented by now-retired Dr. Richard Wampler, with spinoff company OregonHeart starting work on the device in 2014. That company has since ceased operations, so the university itself took over development last year.

In an effort to minimize the chances of mechanical failure, the device has been kept simple – unlike other artificial hearts, it has just one moving part, and no valves that could get stuck.

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