1,200th Worldwide Implant of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Occurs in Indiana

Patrick O’Hara Also is the 1st Indianan to be Implanted  with the SynCardia Heart and the 1st Discharged From the Hospital Without a  Human Heart, Thanks to the Freedom® Portable Driver

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov.  12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — An Indiana man  has become the 1,200th person in the world to be implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.  Patrick O’Hara is the first person in Indiana to receive the life-saving device and the  first Hoosier to be discharged from the hospital with the Freedom® portable  driver.

Patrick O’Hara, right, wearing his Freedom portable driver that powers his SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, shares a conversation with his surgeon, Dr. I-wen Wang, M.D, Ph.D. O’Hara became the 1,200th person to receive the SynCardia Heart, which was implanted at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital this summer. (PRNewsFoto/SynCardia Systems, Inc.)

On June 26, 2013, O’Hara, 59, received the SynCardia Total  Artificial Heart at Indiana University Health  Methodist Hospital as a bridge to transplant. It’s the only device that  eliminates the source and symptoms of biventricular (both sides) heart failure.  Dr. I-wen Wang, M.D., Ph.D., an IU Health cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes  in heart and lung transplantation and ventricular-assist devices, implanted the  SynCardia Heart when O’Hara’s own organ, weakened by 30 years of heart disease,  began to fail.

“Mr. O’Hara went from having blue fingertips from lack of sufficient blood  flow to walking out of the hospital on his own power,” says Dr. Wang. “The  SynCardia Total Artificial Heart has given him a chance to get stronger in  preparation for his heart transplant.”

O’Hara left IU Health Methodist Hospital on October  10 carrying the 13.5-pound wearable Freedom driver in the backpack.  Powered by two lithium batteries, the driver provides precisely calibrated  pulses of air to operate the SynCardia Heart.

The Freedom portable driver allows patients to be discharged to their home  and community to wait for a donor heart. Almost all of what would have been  O’Hara’s in-hospital costs have been eliminated for this portion of his care.  O’Hara is undergoing outpatient cardiac rehabilitation to regain his strength.  He’s also looking forward to fishing and eating out at restaurants.

“It’s mind-blowing how technology has advanced to create new possibilities  for patients with end-stage heart disease,” says Dr. Wang. “Heart devices have  evolved for the benefit of all patients.”

SynCardia  Systems Inc. manufactures the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and  CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart.  Like a donor heart, the SynCardia Heart replaces both failing heart ventricles  and the four heart valves.

Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, the SynCardia Heart  currently is approved as a bridge to transplant. A 10-year pivotal clinical  study showed that the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart had a 79% bridge to  transplant rate, which is the highest transplant rate for any approved heart  device in the world.

O’Hara’s June 26 surgery marked the 1,200th  time the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart has been implanted. Since then the  number of implants have reached nearly 1,250, accounting for more than 335  patient years of life on the device. So far this year more than 135 SynCardia  Hearts have been implanted, more than in all of 2012.

IU Health Methodist Hospital is among 93 SynCardia Certified Centers  worldwide. Another 35 medical centers are in the process of certification.

“Surgeons around the world are finding more reasons to implant the SynCardia  Total Artificial Heart to help end-stage biventricular heart failure patients,”  says Michael P. Garippa, CEO and president of  SynCardia Systems.

The Freedom portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical  study in the U.S.

CAUTION – The Freedom portable driver is an investigational device, limited  by United States law to investigational use.

Read IU Health’s press release and watch video about Patrick  O’Hara.

About the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart

SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) is the  privately-held manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and  CE approved Total Artificial Heart. Originally used as a permanent replacement  heart, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to  transplant for people suffering from end stage heart failure affecting both  sides of the heart (biventricular failure). There have been more than 1,200  implants of the Total Artificial Heart, accounting for more than 335 patient  years of life on the device.

Similar to a heart transplant, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart replaces  both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valves. It is the only device  that eliminates the symptoms and source of end stage biventricular failure.  Unlike a donor heart, the Total Artificial Heart is immediately available at 93  SynCardia Certified Centers worldwide with 35  others in the process of certification.

The Total Artificial Heart provides immediate, safe blood flow of up to 9.5  liters per minute through each ventricle. This high volume of blood flow helps  speed the recovery of vital organs, helping make the patient a better transplant  candidate.

Forbes Ranks SynCardia #69 Among “America’s Most Promising  Companies”

In its February 2013 issue, Forbes selected SynCardia as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” for the second  consecutive year. On the list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with  bright futures, SynCardia was selected #69, moving up eight spots from its #77  ranking last year. See the full list of SynCardia Awards & Recognition.

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