Acibadem Sistina Hospital Performs First Total Artificial Heart Implant in Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia — July 12, 2018 — Acibadem Sistina Hospital in Skopje has become the first hospital in Macedonia to implant the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH). The TAH has now been implanted more than 1,800 times in 25 countries across the globe.

The surgery was led by Acibadem Sistina’s Head of Cardiac Surgery, Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Nikolikj. According to the hospital, the 46-year-old male patient is now in stable condition and feeling well.

“The implantation of [the TAH] was the only solution for the patient who, due to the pronounced form of heart failure, lived with only 15 percent of the cardiac capacity. The new heart provided him a new chance for life and another six years to get a corresponding transplant,” said Prof. Dr. Nikolikj.

“This intervention is the best solution, especially for patients with cardiac insufficiency in the right and the left ventricles, and it is significantly more complex, unlike the implantation of an artificial LVAD pump, which gives mechanical support only to the left heart ventricle.”

According to the hospital, without the TAH, the patient’s prognosis for survival would have been mere weeks or even days, but now the patient will have “a decent and more comfortable life in the next six years, so he can wait for the transplantation of a donor heart.”

Read the full story on Acibadem Sistina’s website.

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