Short courses of VA ECMO can be lifesaving for patients experiencing acute cardiorespiratory failure; however, prolonged support may lead to increased risk of morbidity and mortality. The new UNOS Adult Heart Allocation Policy heightens the importance of timely transition to a durable mechanical circulatory support device.
Starting in September 2018, the revised UNOS adult heart allocation system goes into effect. This post provides a brief overview of the changes to the medical urgency statuses of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) device recipients and offers additional resources for more information.
Curious about how a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is made? This overview gives you a sneak peek into our manufacturing process.
The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH) allows for complete resection of the ventricles, including in patients who have cardiac tumors with ventricular involvement, providing long-term support until heart transplantation is possible.
Several case studies suggest that real-time pulmonary artery (PA) pressure readings may provide accurate assessment of pulmonary pressure in patients implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH), which may facilitate medical management and assessment of timing for heart transplant — learn more about this emerging approach.
We address some of the common questions we receive about inclusion and exclusion criteria for the FDA clinical trial of the 70cc TAH for Destination Therapy.
Learn what makes segmented polyurethane solution — the primary ingredient used to manufacture the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart — so special.
For heart transplant recipients who experience graft failure, chronic allograft vasculopathy or rejection, the TAH overcomes limitations associated with the use of LVADs and BiVADs as a bridge to transplant in this population.
Right ventricular failure (RVF) is a serious and common complication in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) recipients that remains difficult to predict. A novel approach to patient consent may enhance your options in the operating room (OR) upon right ventricular (RV) visualization.