Total Artificial Heart
(Congestive Heart Failure)
S It is estimated that about 5 million
Americans have congestive heart failure.
There are about 550,000 new cases each
S It occurs when the heart is unable to provide
sufficient pump action to distribute blood
flow to meet the needs of the body.
S Treatments for it includes: dietary changes,
exercise, medication. And sometimes it
needs to be treated with a heart transplant.
S Due to the increase of patients needing a heart transplant
and the limited amount of organ donors it is difficult to
obtain a heart transplant right away.
S For patients with really critical conditions waiting for a
heart donator is hard because they can die during that time
S A total artificial heart can be a good option for them in
while they wait for a heart donor.
What is a TAH?
The TAH is used to bridge the time to a heart transplant.
SynCardia CardioWest TAH
How does it work?
How does it work? (cont.)
How effective is it?
S Statistics of post TAH transplant show that 75% of the
patients are able to walk or move about and about 60%
are able to walk a 100ft after two weeks following the
implantation. In a study the overall survival to
transplantation was achieved in 79% of patients
receiving the TAH in contrast to 46% of the control
group (control group had these qualifications: patients
eligible for transplant, NYHA CHF Class IV, BSA
range 1.7-2.5 , and hemodynamic insufficiency).
S It is estimated that the cost of an artificial heart includes: are
the surgical procedure, device and console , and continued
medical surveillance. The estimated amount ranges from a
low $100,000 to a high $300,000
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