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.
The 70cc TAH is approved as a bridge to transplant in the U.S., Europe, and Canada for people who are:
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.
The 50cc TAH is approved as a bridge to transplant in the U.S., Europe, and Canada for people who are:
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:
You may also be a candidate for the SynCardia TAH if you have been:
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.