Recent progress on the vibrating flow pump as a totally implantable ventricular assist device

Tomoyuki Yambe, Shin Ichi Kobayashi, Makoto Yoshizawa, Akira Tanaka, Hidetoshi Matsuki, Fumihiro Sato, Kouichi Tabayashi, Shin Ichi Nitta

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This study describes the present state of progress in the development of the vibrating flow pump (VFP) ventricular assist system. We have proceeded with development aiming at a totally implantable ventricular assist system with smaller size and lighter weight appropriate for Asians like the Japanese by increasing the drive frequency. An actuator is important for the development of the miniature sized and lightweight artificial heart. We applied a linear motor for the mechanical part at first. The step motor was applied after that. This form may be best if we want the lightweight small sized motor for an actuator. The cross slider form is applied at present. It succeeded in the miniaturization compared with the linear motor. In the VFP-type ventricular assist system, the blood contact parts are a central vibration tube with inflow and outflow chambers. We designed round diaphragms to prevent thrombus formation. In addition, we developed an energy transmission system for total implantation. The VFP creates a high frequency oscillated blood flow. It has a unique flow pattern. Brain blood flow increased although the total flow of the circulation did not change in the frequency of 25 to 30 Hz. The quantitative evaluation of the autonomic nerve function during the left heart assistance with an oscillated blood flow was carried out by spectral analysis. Some influences on an autonomic nerve were observed by the VFP left heart assistance. We will continue development research with the aim of clinical application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-691
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial Organs
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Brain blood flow
  • Heart rate variability
  • Transcutaneous energy transmission system
  • Ventricular assist device
  • Vibrating flow pump

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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