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#1 Health TV Show on Public Broadcasting Produces 30-Minute Program on the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart

"Healthy Body, Healthy Mind" Follows 4 U.S. Patients Living with the World's Only Approved Total Artificial Heart

The Freedom® portable driver for powering SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S. CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use. The Freedom® portable driver for powering SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S. CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use. TUCSON, Ariz. – March 15, 2011 – SynCardia Systems, Inc. announced today that the longest running health and wellness series on public television, "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind" has produced a 30-minute program featuring the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart: the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Program Description: "Heart transplantation is often the last resort for a person who has a diseased heart. Unfortunately, the number of people who would benefit from a donor heart exceeds the number of donor hearts available. To help balance this reality, innovative medical professionals have been working for decades to develop the Total Artificial Heart, to be a 'bridge to transplant', and keep patients alive until that donor heart becomes available. In this program, we'll discuss how a normal heart works, how heart failure can develop, and when the Total Artificial Heart is needed. We'll take you behind the scenes of how the Total Artificial Heart works, and hear success stories from the patients who have received the Total Artificial Heart."

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind has been the most carried health and wellness series on public television for the last five years. The program has aired over 200 episodes on more than 300 stations nationwide since its debut in 2004. The series is produced by four-time Emmy Award winner David Counts. 

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About SynCardia Systems, LLC
SynCardia Systems, LLC in Tucson, Ariz., is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. For people suffering from end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure), the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is used as a bridge to transplant, helping them survive until a matching donor heart becomes available. SynCardia also manufactures the Freedom® portable driver, which powers the temporary Total Artificial Heart and allows clinically stable patients to be discharged from the hospital to enjoy life at home while they wait for a heart transplant.

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SynCardia Contact:
Janelle Drumwright, jdrumwright@syncardia.com, (520) 547-7463

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