World’s First 3D-printed Heart with Human Tissue
Hope for Millions of Americans with Heart disease
Each minute of every day, more than one person will die from a heart-related event. The American Heart Association reported that in 2019 more than 100,000 Americans were in need of a heart transplant, but only 3,244 were able to receive the transplant. The CDC states that 49% of Americans have at least 1 of the 3 main risk factors in developing heart disease. In cases of end-stage heart failure, the only option of potentially life-saving treatment is a heart transplant. Joining us in this discussion is Eddie Fatakhov, M.D. and author of the new book “Dr. Fat Off: simple Life-Long Weight-Loss Solutions.”
- Why is it important to have this technology how many people are affected with heart disease?
Answer: According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The American Heart Association reported that in 2019 more than 100,000 Americans in need of a heart transplant, but only 3,244 were able to receive the transplant.
Heart transplants can save the lives of those with failing hearts. The Mayo Clinic reports that there are approximately 3,000 people in the United States waiting for heart transplants. Having this technology can help the suffering of people with End-Stage Heart Failure.
- How is this different from other 3D transplant technologies?
Answer: This is the first that has built a full organ including human cells including vessels, matrix, chambers and ventricles so rejection will not occur. Other organs that have been printed successfully are much simpler, including bladders, ears, blood vessels, and windpipes.
- Given we are 10 years away, how can we use this technology today to help people with heart disease?
Answer: This technology can be used sooner than 10 years as this technology can be used as a patch in damaged hearts versus full heart transplantation.
- What can people do to prevent heart disease in the first place?
Answer: People need to modify their diet, increase their physical activity, and stop eating fast food. Making a few small changes to a person’s lifestyle can prevent some of the most dangerous diseases in the world.
- Where do you see this technology being used in the future?
Answer: We can expect this to see be seen at every hospital across the nation where patients can come in for an office visit get a biopsy for his tissue and have his organ printed and surgery scheduled.
- Where may we get a copy of your book “Dr. Fat Off: simple Life-Long Weight-Loss Solution” and the latest tips on dieting, healthy living and preventing heart disease.
Dr. Eddie Fatakhov, M.D. is a board-certified internal medicine physician, nutritionist, best-selling author, and wellness expert. Dr. Fatakhov is the author of “Dr. Fat Off: Simple Life-Long Weight-Loss Solutions,” “The Doctors’ Clinic-30 Program,” and contributing author to “Internal Medicine: Guide to Residency.” Dr. Fatakhov has been published in U.S. News & World Report and featured on CNN and syndicated radio shows.