Johnny, 55, has been a collegiate and high school soccer referee for the past 34 years. But heart failure nearly put him on the sidelines.
Johnny was first diagnosed with heart failure after an echocardiogram (EKG) revealed he was having a severe heart attack known as a “widow-maker.” A subsequent angiogram showed that his ejection fraction — the percentage of blood that leaves the heart each time it contracts — was only 14%. A normal ejection fraction is between 55% and 70%.
Doctors tried a number of interventions to treat Johnny’s heart failure, including stents and an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), but a few weeks later, he went into cardiac arrest. He was immediately placed on the heart transplant waiting list, but doctors feared he wouldn’t survive long enough to receive one. With time running out, doctors approached Johnny and his family about the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.
“I knew that I needed a transplant,” said Johnny. “I said, ‘If it’s going to keep me alive, I’m for it 100 percent.’”
1992 E. Silverlake Rd. Tucson, AZ 85713
+1 520-545-1234 | email@example.com
The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is a treatment option for cardiac transplant-eligible patients at risk of imminent death from biventricular failure.
Medical Advice Disclaimer
DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE
The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or a qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you have read on this website.
© SynCardia Systems, LLC | All rights reserved.