Slovenia's first SynCardia TAH patient gets heart transplant
Slovenia's first patient to receive SynCardia Systems' temporary total artificial heart (TAH) has been transplanted with matching donor heart at the University Medical Center (UMC) Ljubljana. The 61-year-old male patient received a matching donor heart on 1st July, after 256 days of life with the TAH.
In October 2011, the patient suffered a myocardial infarction that created a ventricular septal defect. He was placed on inotropes and implanted with an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), but his condition continued to deteriorate. Following this, doctors performed Slovenia's first implant of the SynCardia TAH as the only suitable treatment option. On 29th December 2011, he was discharged from the hospital to wait for a matching donor heart at home using the Freedom portable driver to power his TAH.