A better life with a mechanical heart

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By Rachel Nowak IN 1982, Seattle dentist Barney Clark became the first person to be fitted with a permanent artificial heart. Although the 61-year-old’s life was extended by 112 days, most people would agree that his gruelling battle against a host of complications made his quality of life unacceptable. But artificial heart technology has improved dramatically since then – so much so that last week the US Food and Drug Administration approved for the first time a “total artificial heart” (TAH), designed to fully replace a patient’s diseased heart until a donor heart becomes available. Called the CardioWest,