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Case Report on 14-Year-Old Pediatric Patient Bridged to Transplant with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Published in the Journal Perfusion
Date:10/1/2013

ecompensating biventricular heart failure. Commonly encountered VAD (ventricular assist devices) issues, such as valve-related problems, left ventricular clot formation, right heart failure, arrhythmias and need for inotropes, are eliminated with the Total Artificial Heart," the paper said in its conclusion.

Phoenix Children's Hospital's experience using the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is published online in the journal Perfusion. Publication in the paper version is scheduled for January.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is the primary indication with an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 new pediatric cases diagnosed each year. The disease accounts for 65 percent of heart transplants in children 11 to 17 years old. This subgroup of patients is subject to the highest waiting-list mortality in solid-organ transplant medicine in the United States.

The success of using visualization technology to conduct a virtual implantation is designed to expand the boundaries of patient sizes that can accommodate the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart. Most of these patients also suffer from a cardiomyopathy that most often results in an enlarged heart, which provides more space for the Total Artificial Heart in patients.

"Virtual implantation is a critically important new development for treating end stage biventricular heart failure in pediatric and adult congenital heart patients," said Michael P. Garippa, president and CEO of SynCardia Systems, Inc. "The ability to plan in advance for the individual's unique anatomic abnormalities and past surgeries to address these issues at the pre-operative stage helps create good outcomes for implantation patients."

The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is the only device that eliminates the symptoms and source of end stage bive
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