50cc Total Artificial Heart

SynCardia 50cc temporary Total Artificial Heart

The SynCardia 50cc temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH) is a smaller version of the SynCardia 70cc TAH, which has been approved as a bridge to transplant for more than a decade. The 50cc TAH is designed for use as a bridge to transplant in patients of smaller stature, allowing more women and adolescents to access this novel technology.

Patient Demographics*
  • 61% female | 39% male

  • 17% pediatric (<18 years old)

  • Age range: 11 to 72 years old

  • Smallest BSA: 1.16m²

*As reported on SynCardia Implant Forms as of 9 Oct 2017. Not all Implant Forms have complete information.

Regulatory Approvals

Bridge to Transplant

  • European CE mark: Dec. 24, 2014

  • Health Canada: Jan. 7, 2016

Device Selection Criteria

Patients with adequate T10 measurement* or adequate room in the chest as determined by 3D imaging assessment or by other standard clinical assessments. The 50cc TAH is intended to support patients with a BSA ≤ 1.85m².

*posterior sternum to anterior spine measurement at T10

U.S. Reimbursement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the SynCardia 50cc Total Artificial Heart as a Bridge to Transplant Study fulfills the requirement of the National Coverage Decision (NCD) for artificial hearts and related devices. This provides coverage with evidence development approved by CMS for reimbursement.


Meet Jaheim, TAH Recipient


Jaheim, 11, is the youngest and smallest patient to ever receive the 50cc TAH -- read his story here.