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Over 50% of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Heart Hospitals” Are Certified to Implant the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Demonstrates Growing Acceptance as the New Standard of Care for End-Stage Biventricular Heart Failure

 

The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart powered by the Freedom® portable driver is becoming the new standard of care for end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure).

TUCSON, Ariz. – August 8, 2013 – 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 over half of the top 50 centers honored in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list for cardiology and heart surgery for 2013-2014, offer the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.

“The fact that these top U.S. transplant centers offer the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart demonstrates its growing acceptance as the new standard of care for end-stage biventricular heart failure,” said Michael Garippa, SynCardia CEO and President.

In June, U.S. News and World Report published its annual list of “Best Children’s Hospitals” for cardiology and heart surgery. Among the top 10 were seven pediatric centers that offer the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart: #2 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), #3 Texas Children's Hospital, #5 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, #11 Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, #26 Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, #32 Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida and #34 Phoenix Children's Hospital.

As of July 18, SynCardia Certified Centers worldwide have performed a record-breaking 100 implants of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart in 2013. This milestone was achieved three months earlier than in 2012, when the 100th implant was performed on Oct. 16. Worldwide, there have been more than 1,200 implants of the Total Artificial Heart, accounting for more than 315 patient years of life.

There are currently 87 SynCardia Certified Centers worldwide, including 48 in the U.S. An additional 33 centers are currently completing SynCardia’s four-phase certification program.

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About SynCardia Systems, LLC
SynCardia Systems, LLC in Tucson, Ariz., is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. For people suffering from end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure), the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is used as a bridge to transplant, helping them survive until a matching donor heart becomes available. SynCardia also manufactures the Freedom® portable driver, which powers the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart and allows clinically stable patients to be discharged from the hospital to enjoy life at home while they wait for a heart transplant.

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Janelle Drumwright, jdrumwright@syncardia.com, (520) 547-7463

 

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