China has developed a magnetic levitation (maglev) artificial heart that weighs as much as a mobile phone and has an uncertain time for commercial use

Severe heart failure has been called the "cancer of the heart" and the only effective cure is a heart transplant. There are about 15 million patients with heart failure in our country, and there are 1.3 million to 1.5 million patients with end-stage heart failure.

China has developed a magnetically levitated artificial heart that weighs as much as a mobile phone and has an uncertain commercial landing time

In 2015, after more than 10 years of efforts, a company in Suzhou independently developed the world's smallest third-generation full magnetic levitation artificial heart. Weighing less than 180 grams, the artificial heart is about the size of a ping-pong ball and the weight of a mobile phone. This "iron heart" is affectionately known as the "Chinese heart" in the medical community. Full magnetic levitation artificial heart not only fills the gap in the field of artificial heart in China, the technology is not inferior to the world's top artificial heart, but also brings life hope to patients with advanced heart failure.

China has developed a magnetically levitated artificial heart that weighs as much as a mobile phone and has an uncertain commercial landing time

Clinical trials have been completed on 25 patients at Beijing Fuwai Hospital and Wuhan Union Medical College Hospital, the report said. But five years on, the product is only available in clinical trials and in the form of a humanitarian exemption for a small number of patients.

The person in charge of the manufacturer told reporters that the artificial heart is an extremely complex implantable medical device, which involves a lot of interdisciplinary, cross-industry and cross-agency dialogue and communication. Due to the diversity of disciplines and perspectives, the enterprises, the medical community and the regulatory authorities will have different understandings. Experts in different fields have different opinions, and there is no exact time for the final commercial landing.