One day soon mechanical hearts could replace our flesh and blood ones

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Back in 1982, Barney Clarkbecame the first person to live without a human heartbeat when he had the Jarvik 7 artificial heart implanted in his chest.

Since then, thousands of others have joined him, but none have been able to permanently live with an artificial heart.

But someday (possibly soon), science will develop artificial hearts that beat as well as our own flesh-and-blood ones, according to The Verge.

But today they’re still merely a temporary bridge between a failing heart and an organ transplant. To get there, artificial hearts are going to have to be more reliable, more contained, and more acceptable to live with.

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