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SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Total Artificial Heart - What You Should Know

SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart as a Bridge to Transplant

Similar to a heart transplant, the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart replaces both heart ventricles, eliminating the symptoms and source of end-stage biventricular failure. The immediate, high volume of safe blood flow provided by the Total Artificial Heart helps vital organs recover faster, making patients better transplant candidates.

Total Artificial Heart and Human Heart - Courtesy: syncardia.com
Total Artificial Heart and Human Heart - Courtesy: syncardia.com

What is SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart?

Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, the Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to human heart transplant for transplant-eligible candidates at risk of imminent death from biventricular failure. It is the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart.

The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart: What to Expect

Freedom Portable Driver - Courtesy: syncardia.com
Freedom Portable Driver - Courtesy: syncardia.com

Before Surgery
Patients in need of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart are often the sickest of the sick. All other treatments have failed. Both sides of the heart can no longer pump enough blood to keep the body functioning normally and other vital organs are beginning to fail.

After Surgery
Once implanted, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart provides immediate, safe blood flow of up to 9.5 L/min through each ventricle. Soon after the surgery, doctors and family members often watch patients turn from sickly gray to a healthier pink as blood flow is restored to their body and their vital organs.

During Recovery
Your physical and emotional health has a significant impact on your recovery. It is important to maintain a positive attitude and have a solid support system to keep you motivated. To help you regain your strength after surgery, your medical team will get you up and moving as soon as possible.

Exercise & Nutrition are Essential
Your medical team will create a nutrition and exercise plan tailored to your individual needs. Following this plan is critical for building up your strength and improving your health so that you are in the best condition possible for your transplant. You'll start by sitting in a chair, standing and then walking around your hospital room.

Once you're strong enough, you'll walk laps around the hospital floor. Most patients progress to regular workouts as part of their cardiac rehabilitation supervised by hospital staff. Maintaining a healthy diet also provides your body with the energy and nutrients it needs to recover.

The following statistics are from the 10-year pivotal clinical study of the Total Artificial Heart, which resulted in FDA approval:

  • 1 week after implant: 75% of all Total Artificial Heart patients were out of bed.
  • 2 weeks after implant: 60% of all patients were walking more than 100 feet.
  • 2 weeks after implant: Liver function had returned to normal and kidney function had improved significantly, trending to normal.
Total Artificial Heart on Torso with Call-Outs - Courtesy: syncardia.com
Total Artificial Heart on Torso with Call-Outs - Courtesy: syncardia.com

 

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