Is the Total Artificial Heart Right for Me?

If you or a loved one is suffering from advanced or end-stage heart failure (NYHA Class III or IV) and your doctor has discussed an immediate or eventual need for a heart transplant, the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH) may be an option for you and your doctor to consider.

70cc Total Artificial Heart

The 70cc TAH is approved as a bridge to transplant in the U.S., Europe and Canada for people who are:

  • Suffering from end-stage, irreversible heart failure affecting both sides of their heart (biventricular failure)
  • Eligible to receive a heart transplant or likely to become eligible

If you have been told you are not eligible to receive a heart transplant because of age or certain medical conditions, the 70cc TAH is undergoing an FDA clinical trial in the U.S. as destination therapy for patients not eligible to receive a heart transplant. Learn more about the SynCardia 70cc Total Artificial Heart for Destination Therapy Study.

50cc Total Artificial Heart

The 50cc TAH is approved as a bridge to transplant in Europe and Canada for people who are:

  • Suffering from end-stage, irreversible heart failure affecting both sides of their heart (biventricular failure)
  • Eligible to receive a heart transplant or likely to become eligible

In the U.S., the 50cc TAH is undergoing an FDA clinical trial for use as a bridge to transplant in both adult and pediatric patients. Learn more about the SynCardia 50cc Total Artificial Heart as a Bridge to Transplant Study.

Conditions that Contribute to Biventricular Failure

With more than 1,700 implants worldwide, the 70cc and 50cc TAHs have been used in patients with the following conditions that have contributed to irreversible biventricular failure:

  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Aortic root dissection
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD)
  • Cardiac tumor
  • Chagas disease
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Donor heart rejection/failure
  • Endocarditis
  • End-stage congenital heart disease
  • Ethylic cardiomyopathy
  • Familial cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • LVAD failure (device malfunction or right ventricular failure)
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Mixed cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis
  • Post/peripartum cardiomyopathy
  • Recurrent ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy (including amyloid, sarcoidosis, scleroderma and radiation/chemo-induced cardiomyopathy)
  • Valvular cardiomyopathy
  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Viral cardiomyopathy
  • And more

Seeking a Second Opinion?

You may also be a candidate for the SynCardia TAH if you have been:

  • On the heart transplant waiting list for 6 months or more
  • Removed from the waiting list as too sick
  • Referred to palliative or hospice care

For more information about whether the TAH is right for you, find a SynCardia Certified Center near you to make an appointment with the transplant program, or call our Heart Failure Hotline at 1-855-344-1166.

Can the TAH be used in babies/toddlers?

Unfortunately, both the 70cc and 50cc TAHs are too large for use in babies and small children. To date, the youngest patient to receive the TAH was 9 years old.

Contact Us Today to Learn More About the TAH

Please note that due to new privacy and data protection regulations, the information you are providing on this form cannot be submitted unless you give SynCardia consent to process this information.

I give SynCardia permission to process the information I am providing
I would like to receive emails from SynCardia