Can you live without a pulse?
Contrary to the average person's immediate response, science has made it possible to live without a pulse.
Are you as stunned as us? Scientific advances with the heart have become out-of-this-world in the way that they are exceptionally extraordinary.
Currently, scientists at the Texas Heart Institute are working to create a permanent replacement for the human heart. An entire, artificial replica of the thumper in your chest is in the process of being designed. Does this mean that Tuck Everlasting is about to become our reality? We will have to wait and see.
For now, we know a few factors. One of which is that the blades on the device, which is currently being called the BIVACOR, rotate an average of 2,000 times per minute as they push and pump blood throughout the body without ever creating a pulse. Take a moment to let that sink in. We had to, as well.
The human heart beats at 60 to 100 paces per minute, surpassing 86,000 times daily, and 35 million times per year. One single beat can push as much as six tablespoons of blood throughout the whole body.
"An organ that works that hard is bound to fail," said Dr. Billy Cohn of Texas Heart Institute.
Dr. Cohn is correct as heart failure is currently the leading cause of death in both women and men. In fact, it kills more than half a million Americans every year.
A heart transplant can add around 10 years of life to those who suffer heart failure but are lucky enough to survive. Dr. Cohn wants more, though. He wants to see it take a step further, and with his mentor, veteran heart surgeon Dr. O.H "Bud" Frazier by his side, he is working rigorously to bring his vision to life.
From pacemakers to procedures that help the heart to properly pump blood throughout the body, this new venture is one that is shocking the whole world, as the concept of a pulse-less heart is hard to fathom.