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Heart-Lung Machine

"Heart-Lung Machine" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Apparatus that provides mechanical circulatory support during open-heart surgery, by passing the heart to facilitate surgery on the organ. The basic function of the machine is to oxygenate the body's venous supply of blood and then pump it back into the arterial system. The machine also provides intracardiac suction, filtration, and temperature control. Some of the more important components of these machines include pumps, oxygenators, temperature regulators, and filters. (UMDNS, 1999)


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Heart-Lung Machine" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Heart-Lung Machine" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 9 publications over 6 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2005
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.