What to Expect with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart
Patients who are in need of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart are often among the sickest of the sick. All other treatments have proven ineffective in controlling biventricular heart failure. Both sides of the heart can no longer pump enough blood to keep the body functioning normally, and in many cases, other vital organs are being damaged. At this critical time, it is very important to put the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart to work so that blood flow is restored to the body to help the patient and their vital organs recover.
Once implanted, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart provides immediate, safe blood flow of up to 9.5 liters per minute through each ventricle. Soon after the surgery, doctors and family members often watch patients turn from sickly gray to a healthier pink as blood flow is restored to the body and vital organs.
Your physical and emotional health have significant impact on your recovery. It is important to maintain a positive attitude and have a strong support system to keep you motivated. To help you regain your strength after surgery, your medical team will get you up and moving as soon as possible.
Exercise & Nutrition are Essential
Your medical team will create a nutrition and exercise plan tailored to your individual needs. Following this plan is critical for building up your strength and improving your health so that you are in much better shape for your donor heart transplant. You'll start by sitting in a chair, standing and then walking around your hospital room. Once you're strong enough, you'll walk laps around the hospital floor. Most patients progress to regular workouts as part of their cardiac rehabilitation supervised by hospital staff. Maintaining a healthy diet also provides your body with the energy and nutrients it needs to recover.
The following statistics are from the 10-year pivotal clinical study of the Total Artificial Heart, which resulted in FDA approval:
- 1 week after implant: 75% of all Total Artificial Heart patients were out of bed.
- 2 weeks after implant: 60% of all patients were walking more than 100 feet.
- 2 weeks after implant: Liver function had returned to normal and kidney function had improved significantly, trending to normal.