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SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient Featured in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" Issue
Date:8/23/2012

TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 23, 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 Michelle Johnson, a 39-year-old mother of three who received the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart in January, is featured in the cover story of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" issue. The 2012-2013 guidebook to the nation's top hospitals hits newsstands on Aug. 28.

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The cover article, titled "Story of a Heart Transplant," takes readers inside the operating room to explore the latest, cutting-edge cardiac technology. The story opens with Johnson and the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, followed by a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a mitral valve repair performed using the robotic da Vinci Surgical System and a heart transplant.

Johnson was implanted with the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart on Jan. 16. Prior to receiving the Total Artificial Heart, her body had been rejecting the donor heart she'd received on Dec. 31, 2010.

"The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is the only device that allows the surgeon to remove the failing donor heart and bridge the patient to a second heart transplant without immunosuppressant medication," said Michael Garippa, SynCardia Chairman/CEO/President.

Two months after receiving the Total Artificial Heart, on March 15, Johnson was discharged from the hospital to wait for a matching d
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