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Donor Heart Facts


Heart transplantation is the current standard of care for end-stage heart failure. However, over the last 20 years, despite growing demand, the supply of donor hearts has remained flat. Only about 2,200 donor hearts become available each year in the U.S. and about 3,500 worldwide.

Similar to a heart transplant, the Total Artificial Heart replaces both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valvles. Unlike a donor heart, the Total Artificial Heart is immediately available at SynCardia Certified Centers. It is the only device that eliminates the symptoms and source of end-stage biventricular heart failure.


  • In 2009, the average waiting time for a donor heart for a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient in the U.S. was 144 days.
  • About 3,100 people in the United States are on the waiting list for a heart transplant on any given day. Only 2,200 donor hearts are available each year.  ›› learn more
  • 49% of people listed for a donor heart in the U.S. have been waiting for a year or more.
(Source: Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network)


  • Less than 600 donor hearts become available each year in Europe and only about 3,500 worldwide.  ›› learn more
  • 57% of people listed for a donor heart have been waiting for a year or more
  • 34% have been waiting for 2 years or more.

    (Source: Eurotransplant International Foundation. Data as of Dec. 31, 2011 - includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovenia)


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*The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart was formerly known as the
SynCardia temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart.

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