BBC's Flagship Science TV Series "Horizon" Features Patient with SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart
BBC Visits Drs. Long & Horstmanshof at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and Total Artificial Heart Patient Waiting at Home for a Matching Donor Heart
TUCSON, Ariz. – April 26, 2011 – SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced today that the BBC's flagship science series, "Horizon," is airing an episode that includes a segment featuring a Total Artificial Heart patient waiting at home for a matching donor heart using the Freedom® portable driver.
During the 60-minute episode titled "How To Mend A Broken Heart", the show's host Dr. Kevin Fong, visits cardiovascular surgeon James Long, MD, and heart failure cardiologist Douglas Horstmanshof, MD, at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City to learn more about the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart.
"This thing needs to be implanted in a human being," says Dr. Fong, holding SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart. "It needs to work seamlessly and reliably for millions of beats. The valves must never stick, blood must flow over its surfaces without clotting, the pump must never leak and a person's life totally depends upon it."
Dr. Horstmanshof drives Dr. Fong to Geary, Okla. to meet 45-year-old Troy Golden, a registered nurse and pastor who has been living with the Total Artificial Heart since September 2010. A month after implant, Mr. Golden was discharged from the hospital to wait for a matching donor heart at home using the Freedom portable driver.
Mr. Golden is participating in an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study of the Freedom driver. Weighing 13.5 lbs, it's the first U.S. portable driver designed to power SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart both inside and outside the hospital. Wearing the Freedom driver in the Backpack, Mr. Golden was able to return to the pulpit and preach at his church two months after receiving the Total Artificial Heart.
"It's mind-blowing to think that where he once had a heart, there's now a mechanical device," says Dr. Fong. "That it's been replaced with plastic and tubes attached to a pneumatic pump inside the rucksack on his back."
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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