Patient Stories

Here you find som of our great SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient stories.

A Journey of Resilience: Bryan’s Story on Life with SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart. December 31, 2022 started out like any other day, Bryan and his wife were preparing for a day of football at the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ when shortly before halftime he experienced indescribable pain in his chest. 

Lance, the basketball player with an unyielding spirit, faced an unprecedented challenge when diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. With an ejection fraction below 10%, his remarkable journey to a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart became a testament to human determination and the pursuit of extraordinary possibilities.

Johnny faced a formidable opponent that threatened to extinguish his passion forever, cardiomyopathy. Despite a “widow-maker” heart attack and a relentless battle for survival, he defied the odds and embarked on an extraordinary journey towards a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.

Jaheim’s journey, marked by unwavering strength and resilience, defied fate as he triumphed over hypoplastic left heart syndrome. From four heart transplants to becoming the youngest recipient of a total artificial heart, his story radiates hope.

In a shocking twist, Tom found himself caught in an electrifying “v-tach” storm enduring an astonishing 11 shocks in just five minutes. Yet, as he awakened in the ICU, the resolute truth dawned upon him: he needed a swift intervention to defy the odds. For over 500 days, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart has stood by Tom’s side, illuminating the profound power of hope amidst life’s most extraordinary moments.

With a vibrant spirit, Danielle gracefully embraced life’s challenges. Born with Marfan syndrome, her journey took an unexpected turn at 22 with the disruptive diagnosis of endocarditis. In the midst of uncertainty, Danielle’s parents chose the shimmering path of a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.

Stan’s unwavering spirit illuminated his path as he faced the challenges of living with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD). Fate dealt its card on the basketball court, revealing his pivotal diagnosis at 16, which later evolved into biventricular dysplasia, calling for immediate action.

Bob faced the challenges of cardiomyopathy with unwavering determination. Despite developing atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, Bob’s resilient spirit propelled him to a transformative path of embracing a healthier lifestyle. When his heart and kidneys called for urgent intervention, the innovative solution of a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart emerged as a beacon of hope, promising him a bridge to a new chapter of life.

Randy found solace in the world of athleticism. Despite facing rheumatic fever not once, but twice, his love for the game pushed him to pursue a career in semi-professional baseball and various other sports. As his condition continued to deteriorate, doctors orchestrated a symphony of hope by implanting the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.

Steve faced the overwhelming battle of left ventricular hypertrophy and cardiomyopathy, making every breath a struggle until he suffered from cardiac arrest and fell into a coma. With no alternative, the medical team turned to a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart as his only hope for survival.

Amidst a bewildering journey and countless doctor’s visits, Danny, a radiology technologist, refused to succumb to uncertainty. From being told nothing was wrong to the revelation of advanced heart failure, his unwavering intuition led him forward. Danny embraced the lifeline offered by an LVAD, only to encounter a blood clot forming on the pump.

Jordan, a vibrant 17-year-old, defies the odds with a heart filled with determination, despite congenital heart defects and the challenges of end-stage heart failure and kidney insufficiency. In a remarkable display of hope, doctors implanted a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, paving the way for a brighter future and the possibility of a heart transplant.

Chris has a lot of experience toiling amidst the frigid winds and relentless challenges in Alaska’s frigid oil fields. Yet, fate dealt a harsh blow as he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and an irregular heartbeat. Undeterred by the odds, Chris defied the unforgiving environment, maintaining his fitness while powered by a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, leading to a seamless recovery once bridged to his new heart.

At age 10, Lexi’s first heart transplant brought a glimmer of hope, but the specter of severe cardiac allograft vasculopathy persisted. Undeterred by numerous health challenges, she courageously confronted the storm, and when her donor heart faltered and organ failure ensued, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart offered a lifeline of hope.

Born with a condition that had taken the lives of two siblings, Pat faced the daunting reality of his own mortality as his strength waned. Too weak for an LVAD, he found solace in the transformative potential of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, holding onto a glimmer of hope in the face of adversity.

At age 12, Tiernee bravely battled cancer, enduring the loss of a kidney and the scars of chemotherapy on her heart. Undeterred by setbacks, she found renewed hope in the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart after her first transplant fell short. Tiernee’s indomitable spirit persisted, guiding her through the darkest of times towards a brighter future.

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The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is a treatment option for cardiac transplant-eligible patients at risk of imminent death from biventricular failure.

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