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1st Case Report of Using Single-Site Cannulation ECMO to Treat SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient Published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Date:8/21/2013

mprop="name">Dilek Guersoy, intensivist Dr. Maria Rosario Serrano and Prof. Reiner Koerfer and Prof. Gero Tenderich, the implanting surgeon.

"Single-site venous cannulation could be a reasonable alternative to conventional cannulation for ECMO support in SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patients with an adult respiratory distress syndrome," the report concluded.

"This is an excellent case report," said Dr. Francisco Arabia, who has implanted more than 100 SynCardia Total Artificial Hearts. Arabia co-authored one of the articles cited in the August case report. That article dealt with parallel ECMO and artificial heart applications. He has proctored the first implant at more than a dozen hospitals qualifying these centers of excellence to become SynCardia Certified Centers.

About the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart

SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to transplant for people suffering from end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure). There have been more than 1,200 implants of the Total Artificial Heart, accounting for more than 335 patient years of life on the device.

Similar to a heart transplant, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart replaces both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valves. Unlike a donor heart, the Total Artificial Heart is immediately available at

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