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What sounds will I hear from my CardioWest total artificial heart (TAH)?

Andrew J. Boyle, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are several sounds you may notice after the CardioWest total artificial heart (TAH) -- a pump used to replace your failing heart -- has been implanted. When the TAH pumps, it makes a clicking sound. This sound can change in volume depending on your position. Some patients have trouble sleeping at first because of the clicking sound and the need to sleep on their backs. Occasionally you may hear beeping sounds, which informs the caregiver about the TAH's status. The console that runs the device also will also make noise when it pumps.

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