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Pulse noted as children's author has heart transplant (4)

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I believe the answer is:

dhal

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Here is my best explanation:

'pulse' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'noted as children's author has heart transplant' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'heart' could be 'h' (card game abbreviation) and 'h' is found in the answer.
The remaining letters 'dal' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).

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