SynCardia Bridges the Gap for Heart Patient in Slovina

1st Total Artificial Heart Patient  in Slovenia   Discharged from  UMC Ljubljana Using the Freedom® Portable Driver

SynCardia Total Artificial Heart was the “Perfect Solution”   for Near-Death Patient with Ventricular Septal Defect

SynCardia Systems, Inc.,   manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced   today that on Dec. 29, 2011, University Medical Center (UMC) Ljubljana   discharged Slovenia’s first Total Artificial Heart patient, 61-year-old   Nikola Gašpic, to wait for a matching donor heart at home using the Freedom®   portable driver.

“The Total Artificial Heart was the perfect solution to   bridge this patient to a transplant because he had a ventricular septal defect (VSD). For VSD, there are no other effective treatments,” said Dr.   Ivan Knezevic, Director of the Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support   Program in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at UMC Ljubljana.

Previously healthy, Mr. Gašpic suffered a heart attack that created a hole in his septum (VSD), which is the wall that separates the left and right ventricles of the heart. He was placed on inotropes and implanted   with an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), but he continued to deteriorate. To   save his life, on Oct. 19, 2011, doctors implanted the Total Artificial Heart   as the only suitable treatment option… read more

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