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High speed compact heart pump

01/25/2008 6:55 PM

I saw this piece on a 10,000 rpm compact heart pump on the evening news.

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=4190891&page=1

I know some time ago the primary engineering problem with a high speed pump was damage to platlets and clotting issues (at least that is what I remember).

Is anyone involved in this area? What was done to solve the engineering issues with high speed heart pumps?

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Re: High speed compact heart pump

01/27/2008 11:53 AM

I wonder if they are looking into using artificoal blood.

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Re: High speed compact heart pump

01/28/2008 4:20 AM

One of the interesting things about blood circulation is that the flow is laminar, i.e. Re<2300. There must be reasons for that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynolds%27_number

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