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What Is a Heart Transplant?
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What Is a Heart Transplant?

Heart transplants are a miracle of modern medicine, offering hope to people at risk of death from advanced heart disease and lethal heart defects.

Explore the field of heart transplantation: the pioneering efforts, the donor-heart and artificial-heart implantation surgeries, and the research aimed at “natural” heart replacement.

National Institutes of Health
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Electrocardiogram

Electrocardiogram

An electrocardiogram (EKG) helps diagnose heart conditions by recording electrical activity. How would you diagnose the 4 patients in this game? More...

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The Nobel Foundation
Visible Heart Laboratory

Visible Heart Laboratory

Watch a detached pig heart beat as it aids heart researchers who test cardiac devices. This lab also works with human hearts that are not suitable for transplant. More...

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Minnesota Daily
Artificial Heart Transplants Explained

Artificial Heart Transplants Explained

A heart patient waiting for a donor heart may be able to buy some time with the implantation of an artificial heart. See what’s involved to implant one of the latest models. More...

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The Telegraph
Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy

Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy

Take a tour of the different parts of the heart — outside and inside — through models, images, and videos of beating hearts. More...

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University of Minnesota
Christiaan Neethling Barnard

Christiaan Neethling Barnard

Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human-to-human heart transplant in South Africa in 1967. Although the recipient lived only 18 days, the procedure is now performed successfully worldwide. More...

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South Africa History Online
Mending Broken Hearts

Mending Broken Hearts

Photographer Robert Clark documented the U.S. heart disease epidemic — and its consequences. Watch the frame-by-frame capture of an artificial-heart implantation.
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National Geographic
Replacing Body Parts

Replacing Body Parts

What do you do when you need a new heart — or other organ? Grow one, of course! We’re closer to this possibility than you may think. More...

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NOVA/PBS
The Mysterious Human Heart: The Replacement Heart

The Mysterious Human Heart: The Replacement Heart

View the historic Jarvik 7 artificial heart. Designed as a permanent replacement heart, it later was used to sustain patients awaiting donor-heart transplants. More...

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PBS

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