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Indiana's 1st Use of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Helped Pat O'Hara Beat Genetic Heart Failure
Date:9/3/2014

TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the help of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, Patrick "Pat" O'Hara was bridged to a donor heart transplant and beat genetic heart failure that claimed the lives of two siblings and caused a third to have a heart attack.

O'Hara, from Claypool, Indiana, was told he had only three to four months to live when he was admitted in March 2013 to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He couldn't breathe after any type of exertion. His voice was weak and his fingernails had turned blue. His heart, liver and kidneys began to fail.

Doctors determined he was too weak to receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or to be put on the donor heart transplant waiting list.

O'Hara, 60, was facing a deadly outcome that had become all too familiar for his family. He suffered from idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (IHSS), a genetic condition in which there is a thickening of the heart ventricle. This creates an enlarged heart muscle and restricts the amount of blood the ventricles can pump.

The disease had claimed a brother, who died at the age of 38; another brother survived a heart attack in January 2013, and his sister died of a heart attack in April 2013.

With O'Hara's condition rapidly declining, IU Health Methodist cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. I-wen Wang, who specializes in heart and lung transplantation and heart devices,recommended the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart implant.

Like a heart transplant, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart replaces the two diseased heart ventricles and four heart valves. It is the only approved device that eliminates the source of end-stage biventricular heart failure, a condition in which the two ventricles no longer can pump enough blood for the patient to survive.

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