If a patient’s whole heart is damaged to the point where it cannot regain its function, Temple offers the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart as an option. This device is implanted in place of the damaged heart (which is removed) and replaces it completely.
The artificial heart may be used to extend life for patients waiting for a donor heart, or for patients whose heart no longer works but who are not eligible for a heart transplant. The device is implanted in a procedure similar to a heart transplant, and powered by a driver device outside the body.
Restoring proper blood flow throughout the body improves fitness and quality of life. If the patient is eligible for a heart transplant, they may thus experience fewer complications (such as failure in other organs) that might threaten transplant success.