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SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Makes Maryland Man Strong for His Ailing Wife
Date:11/19/2013

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Without the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, a Maryland engineer who suffered from end-stage biventricular (both sides) heart failure feels he would not have been able to care for his wife during her own medical crisis nearly two years later.

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Michael Oliver, 45, a power and utility professional for the United States Navy, was visiting family in June 2011 when he couldn't catch his breath while out skateboarding down hills. He thought he was suffering from heat exhaustion.

Two days later he went to an emergency room near his Lexington Park, Maryland, home and was diagnosed as having suffered a mild heart attack. Further tests at affiliated MedStar Washington Hospital Center showed Oliver had a ventricular septal  defect, or a hole in the wall between the heart's two ventricles that pump the blood, the result of an undiagnosed congenital condition. Because Oliver's condition continued to decline, he was sedated and his doctors put him on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and added his name to the waiting list for a donor heart.

After three weeks on ECMO, Oliver was transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, a leading SynCardia Certified Center since 2006. On July 22, 2011, he was implanted with the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.

When Oliver awoke from surgery and realized he was implanted with the SynCardia Heart, he teared up at the sound of his wife's voice telling him he was on the device. "It was like you're thankful you're h
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