Replace the Native Heart Ventricles –
Eliminate the Native Heart Problems
When a donor heart isn’t available, replacing both failing heart ventricles with
the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is the only way to
eliminate the symptoms and source of end-stage biventricular failure.
Implanting the Total Artificial Heart eliminates:
- Failing Ventricles*
Replacing both native heart ventricles eliminates the need for inotropes and/or implantation of a ventricular assist device. ›› Incidence of right ventricular dysfunction after LVAD implantation
- Malfunctioning Heart Valves*
By implanting the Total Artificial Heart, patients receive four new valves that have never failed in the device. This eliminates the need for open heart surgery to repair or replace malfunctioning native heart valves.
- Arrhythmias and Other Electrical Problems*
The Total Artificial Heart eliminates electrical problems, including the need for a pacemaker and/or defibrillator because it is powered by precisely calibrated pulses of air.
- Donor Heart Rejection
During 2008, 10% of people who were implanted with the Total Artificial Heart received the device because they were suffering from rejection of their donor heart transplant.
*Source: “Cardiac Replacement with a Total Artificial Heart as a Bridge to Transplantation.” Copeland JG, Smith RG, Arabia FA, Nolan PE, Sethi GK, Tsau PH, McClellan D, and Slepian MJ. N Engl J Med 2004; 351:859-67.
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