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Intermountain Medical Center Uses SynCardia Total Artificial Heart to Bridge 31-Year-Old Father to a Heart Transplant
Date:3/21/2013

TUCSON, Ariz., March 21, 2013 /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 Andrew Weaver , a 31-year-old husband and father of one who arrived at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City in grave condition, has been successfully bridged to a heart transplant with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart and discharged home.

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"We had several concerns when Andrew first came to us," said Dr. Bruce Reid , surgical director of the Intermountain Medical Center Artificial Heart Program. "He had extensive thrombus in the left ventricle and profound biventricular failure. To use an LVAD would've been a very dangerous situation fraught with a high risk of stroke. It was for that reason we felt the best course of action was to replace his heart with the Total Artificial Heart."

Mr. Weaver was born with a congenitally malformed aortic valve, and developed an aneurysm of the ascending aorta. However, these abnormalities were unknown until last February. Over time, his chest pains got increasingly worse. In October, he underwent surgery at a local hospital to have his aorta and aortic valve replaced, but was unable to be weaned from cardiopulmonary bypass. When his heart wouldn't start beating again, he w
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