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Ochsner Implants First Total Artificial Heart In The Gulf South Region
Date:2/27/2013

patient's diseased heart and implant the Total Artificial Heart. For the privacy and protection of those involved, no information will be released on the patient or their family at this time.

Aditya Bansal, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute, was the lead surgeon who performed the first Total Artificial Heart procedure.

"The team worked tirelessly to make this happen," said Bansal. "As a physician, one of the most rewarding things we can do is to restore the quality of life to a patient. Thanks to modern technology, the Artificial Heart is a lifesaver and a viable option for the patient while waiting for a heart transplant."

How It Works

The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart consists of two biocompatible pumping chambers with four valves. These pumping chambers are connected to an external power supply called a "driver" by two small air tubes known as "drivelines." The drivelines exit the patient's abdominal wall just below the rib cage.

Once implanted, the TAH pumps blood to vital organs, helping patients become better transplant candidates. Because of its unique design, the Total Artificial Heart doesn't require sensors, motors or electronics of any type inside the body.

"The Total Artificial Heart leads to recovery of organ function in the most critically ill patients, a necessary step in order for the patient to be eligible for a heart transplant, which is the ultimate goal," said Gene Parrino , MD, Section Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery, John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute.

To qualify for TAH, patients must:

  • Must be diagnosed with Class III/IV Heart Failure Symptoms
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < 35%
  • Suffers from early End Stage Organ Dysfunction
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias
  • Hospitalization for heart failure in the past
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