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1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Implant Performed in New England
Date:7/11/2012

id he had "never seen a heart this thick," when describing his patient's pre-surgery condition. "This procedure is life-saving and life-restoring for these patients," he added.

Prior to receiving the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, Mr. Carelli's heart problems caused fluid to build up in his body, which created kidney problems and swelling of his legs that made it hard to walk. He is currently undergoing dialysis and has been listed for a combined heart and kidney transplant. Except for his pre-existing kidney issues, doctors said his recovery so far has been "complication free."

"You've got to have faith," said Mr. Carelli. "This is a big leap of faith. They remove your heart, and there is no turning back. Once it's gone, they're not going to give it back to you."

Today, Mr. Carelli says he feels so good that if he wasn't tethered to the hospital driver that powers his Total Artificial Heart, he'd be out running. He's currently walking 1.5 miles at a time on the treadmill.

"I'm glad people will realize that if you have a serious heart problem, you now have an alternative with this device," said Mr. Carelli. "It might take months to get a donor, but at least you'll get through it. This procedure provides great hope, which matters because sometimes people have no hope at all."

During the 10-year pivotal clinical study that resulted in FDA approval, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart achieved the highest bridge to transplant rate, 79%, of any approved mechanical circulatory support device in the world (NEJM 2004; 351:859-67).

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