(PHILADELPHIA) — A 46-year-old former fitness instructor,
suffering from biventricular end-stage heart
failure and in irreversible
shock, has become the first to receive a new temporary
Total Artificial Heart in the Northeast U.S. by cardiac surgeons
at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
The lifesaving technology is used as a “bridge to transplant” for
patients who are waiting for a donor human heart and who have both
sides of their heart failing, do not respond to other treatments
and are at imminent risk of death. Research has shown that patients
receiving the device, called the temporary
Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t) and manufactured by CardioWest™ (SynCardia
have almost twice the survival rate versus patients who received
Rohinton Morris, MD, Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical
Assist Programs at Penn, and his team performed Penn’s first implant of
a TAH-t on February 12, 2007.
of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
Surgical Theater, Ground Floor, White Building
34th & Spruce
Philadelphia, PA 19104
||Monday, February 19, 2007
1 – 1:30 p.m. EST
Rohinton Morris, MD, Surgical Director, Heart
Transplantation and Mechanical Assist Programs at Penn
Michael Acker, MD, Chief, Division
of Cardiac Surgery at Penn
Gary Onufer, 46-year-old TAH-t recipient patient; Ambler,
Pennsylvania resident; and former fitness instructor
The TAH-t is the only temporary artificial heart approved by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
and Communite Europeenne
for “bridge to transplant.”
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