Tal Golesworth Makes His Home-Made Heart Implant

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Tal Golesworth is a British engineer that received a heart implant that he designed himself. Golesworth suffers from Marfan Syndrome, which is an inherited connective-tissue disorder that could rupture cardiac vales. The standard way to treat the disease is by using a mechanical aortic valve, which would require a heart-lung bypass and he would have to take the Warfarin blood thinner for the rest of his life. Golesworth decided to create his own implant to reduce the risk of blood clots. He would no longer need blood thinners either.

“To conceive of the idea of an external support was easy: there are any number of armchair inventors about. To build technical and commercial teams, raise the finance, run the project and volunteer to be the first patient was not so easy, particularly as I was trying to operate as a rational project manager when I knew the outcome of the project could have such a profound impact on my future health,” stated Golesworth. “I was, and probably had to be, obsessive about the project and had to fight on any number of fronts to drive it along fast enough to benefit from it personally.”

Golesworth had used MRI scanning and CAD to create a bandage for supporting the aorta. The External Aortic Root Support was constructed out of polyethylene terephthalate. This implant has been used by 23 other people now. In other words, Tal Golesworth is a genius.