Man designs his own heart implant

When Tal golesworthy was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a condition that causes his heart’s aorta to expand and rupture, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Using an MRI, CAD and rapid prototyping technologies, he managed to create a perfect 3D model of his own Aorta. Then he worked with doctors to develop a special polymer mesh compression sleeve to fit over his aorta to stop it from rupturing. The process took two years from conception to the finished product and now he’s healthier than ever. The procedure to fit the mesh on his heart was not only safer, but it reduced blood clot complications that could have happened if he didn’t use this method. The heart implant has been used successfully for 23 patients now, with 7 more on the line. Golesworthy mentioned that this can eventually become a traditional procedure. Impressed? We sure are.

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