On this day in 1982 the first artificial heart transplant took place.
The first artificial heart was designed by Robert Jarvik.
The first patient who received an artificial heart survived for 112 day; the second lived 620 days after the surgery.
The first FDA approved artificial heart was approved on October 15, 2004; it was created by SynCardia.
The first precursor of the modern artificial heart pump was built in 1949 by William Sewell and William Glenn using an Erector Set.
The first patent for an artificial heart was one created by Dr. Henry Heimlich (inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver) and Ventriloquist Paul Winchell.
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