Heartless: Man Alive Without Heart Or Pulse

heartlessPerhaps in the future, we’ll spend our youth — i.e. the first hundred or so years of our lives — with a heart and a pulse, and our next couple hundred without them. DesignTaxi writes:

Two doctors from the Texas Heart Institute successfully replaced a dying man’s heart with a device—proving that it is possible for your body to be kept alive without a heart, or a pulse.

The turbine-like device, that are simple whirling rotors, developed by the doctors does not beat like a heart, rather provides a ‘continuous flow’ like a garden hose.

If you listened with a stethoscope, you wouldn’t hear a heartbeat. If you examined [the] arteries, there’s no pulse. Hooked up to an EKG, [he’d] be flat-lined.”

35 Comments on "Heartless: Man Alive Without Heart Or Pulse"

  1. chinagreenelvis | Feb 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm |

    I wonder what happens if you crank up the speed…

  2. Nunzio X | Feb 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm |

    Dick fuckin’ Cheney is living proof that you don’t need a heart.

    • Rex Vestri | Feb 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm |

       Dammit, ya beat me to it!  I immediately thought of that cocksucker when I read this story.

      • NicePeopleSwallow | Feb 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |

        Cocksucker here, and I rather take offense to that comparison…

    • Eric_D_Read | Feb 2, 2012 at 12:03 am |

      I hope this doesn’t mean there will be a DC-1000 coming out anytime soon.

    • phunkychic666 | Feb 2, 2012 at 2:00 am |

      yeah didn’t dick cheney accomplish this many years ago??? 

      • Simiantongue | Feb 2, 2012 at 11:55 am |

         I don’t think submitting to a procedure can be called an “accomplishment”, as such, on behalf of the person undergoing it. But Dick Cheney does have left ventricular assist device that is similar to this. It’s a single pump device to assist flow.

  3. Crash_dt | Feb 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm |

    This isn’t news – there’s a machine called Big Blue that can do that. Problem is its a couple hundred pounds. Where is the source for this? What is this guy’s name? Why is there no news release (that I could find) about it on the Texas Heart Institute website?

  4. justagirl | Feb 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm |

    think about it.  you need a pulse to live.

  5. Irving Greenfield | Feb 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm |

    Well, i figure the guy will die eventually anyway, just like the guy with the Jarvik artificial heart. Just an experiment, but i guess he will get some extra time.

  6. Tiffanygin420 | Feb 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm |

    The pulse is just the pressure exerted by the heart through the blood vessels when the valves open and close. So no you don’t need a pulse to live, you just need oxygen being pumped through the body, being carried by the blood to all the parts and then picking up the waste material and filtering it out the capillaries and then back to the lungs to pick up oxygen again.

  7. Jon Montroy | Feb 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm |

    that’s heartless

  8. Eric_D_Read | Feb 2, 2012 at 12:02 am |

    I guess that settles it. Future cyborgs will be less like Terminator, more like Robocop.

  9. Calypso_1 | Feb 2, 2012 at 12:41 am |

    Take a look a VAD’s (Ventricular Assist Devices) they are essentially the same thing, bypassing a failed heart, but are external and used for patients waiting for a heart transplant.  Some of these are pulsatile but most use continuous flow centrifugal pumps and these people don’t have a pulse either.  The only thing that distinguishes this is using that type of pump internally as an artificial heart once the organ is already removed. 

  10. John Finch7 | Feb 2, 2012 at 5:22 am |

    and children are dying because they need a $2 injection?????

  11. Simiantongue | Feb 2, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    A 3 minute video showing and explaining the procedure. Gets a little graphic but is fascinating.


  12. The question is when does he become a zombie? How do we know when he’s really dead?

  13. Hadrian999 | Feb 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |

    i would be pranking doctors endlessly if i were him

  14. Someonesname | Feb 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm |


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