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EJK Duisburg Becomes One of the Most Active SynCardia Certified Centers in Europe
Date:8/15/2012

TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SynCardia Systems, Inc. (www.syncardia.com), manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that Evangelischen und Johanniter Klinikum Niederrhein (EJK Duisburg) in Germany has become one of the most active SynCardia Certified Centers in Europe.

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"End-stage biventricular heart failure is a lethal disease," said Prof. Dr. med. Gero Tenderich. "Previously, treatment for this condition was limited to heart transplantation. However, this therapy is currently being challenged by an increasing shortage of suitable donor hearts and an aging society. The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart achieves excellent results as a bridge to transplantation for survival, end-organ recovery and quality of life. As a highly specialized, high-volume transplant center, we consider implantation of the Total Artificial Heart for both chronic and acute cases."

On March 2, 53-year-old Ralf Becker became the first Total Artificial Heart patient at EJK Duisburg to be discharged from the hospital using the Freedom® portable driver. Weighing approximately 6 kg, the Freedom driver is the world's first wearable power supply for the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.

"I can climb the stairs to our apartment on the third floor with almost no problem," said Mr. Becker. "Twice daily I ride for half an hour on the bicycle, and twice a week I do physical therapy. When your family stands b
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