Total Artificial Heart Manufacturer Launches Industry’s 1st E-Commerce Site
SynCardia’s Total Artificial Hearts, Drivers and Other Accessories Available 24/7
to World’s Top Transplant Centers via http://Shop.SynCardia.com
TUCSON, Ariz. – Aug. 11, 2010 – On Aug. 11, SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced the launch of its new online store, http://Shop.SynCardia.com. SynCardia is the first company in the mechanical circulatory support industry to make its products available to customers through an e-commerce site 24/7.
“Shop.SynCardia.com streamlines the ordering process for our customers,” said Rodger Ford, SynCardia CEO. “The site offers all SynCardia products in one place for the surgeons, medical staff and their patients at SynCardia Certified Centers around the world. We have already processed orders through the site for Total Artificial Hearts and SynCardia Gear.”
Electronic ordering through the e-commerce site guarantees that all information is current and correct, eliminating the risk of using outdated order forms, catalogs or part numbers. When staff at SynCardia Certified Centers log in, they will see each product, including the price, a photo and a description. After the order has been placed, http://Shop.SynCardia.com will send customers confirmation emails that their order has been received.
Shop.SynCardia.com offers the following products online:
- Medical Equipment Using a unique username and password to login, SynCardia Certified Centers can order Medical Equipment including Total Artificial Hearts, implant drivers for use in the operating room, Freedom® portable drivers for patient use in the hospital and at home and other SynCardia products.
- Patient Accessories Patients can view SynCardia accessories such as additional driver batteries or a second Freedom Shoulder Bag, Backpack or Accessory Bag. Patients can then order these accessories through their SynCardia Certified Center.
- SynCardia Gear SynCardia Gear can be purchased by anyone who visits the website using a secure PayPal™ Shopping Cart. SynCardia Gear includes Team SynCardia Bike Jerseys and Bibs (cycling shorts). Team SynCardia cycling consists of friends and supporters of SynCardia with the goal of promoting cardiovascular health.
Shop.SynCardia.com serves SynCardia Certified Centers around the world, including heart hospitals in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Russia and Australia.
About the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart
SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to transplant for people suffering from end stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure). More than 400 SynCardia Total Artificial Heart implants have been performed since January 2011. The SynCardia Heart has provided almost 130,000 patient days of support from nearly 1,300 implants. The youngest patient to receive a SynCardia Heart was 9 years old; the oldest was 76 years old.
Similar to a heart transplant, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart replaces both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valves. It is the only device that eliminates the symptoms and source of end stage biventricular failure. Unlike a donor heart, the Total Artificial Heart is immediately available at 97 SynCardia Certified Centers worldwide with 39 others in the process of certification.
The Total Artificial Heart provides immediate, safe blood flow of up to 9.5 liters per minute through each ventricle. This high volume of blood flow helps speed the recovery of vital organs, helping make the patient a better transplant candidate.