• Dr Timms said the device, known as a BiVACOR, could last 10 years longer than previous artificial heart designs because of a lack of wear and tear on parts.
  • If successful, the device could provide a real alternative to organ donation for the hundreds of thousands of Australians diagnosed with heart disease every year. In 2012, 20,046 Australians lost their lives to heart disease, 14 per cent of all deaths.
  • In Dr Timms' bionic heart, a small bladed disk spins in the heart at 2000 revolutions per minute to pump blood around the body without a pulse, a significant departure from traditional pulse-based designs, which included balloon-like sacs to pump blood.

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