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Apr 23, 2015, 09:45 ET
In 2010, Charles Okeke, here with his wife, Natalie, was the first U.S. patient without a human heart to be discharged from a hospital.

1st U.S. Patient Discharged from the Hospital without a Human Heart Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Going Home with the Freedom® Portable Driver

Nearly five years ago, on May 3, 2010, Charles Okeke became the first United States patient to be discharged from the hospital without a human...

Apr 14, 2015, 09:45 ET
Don Isaacs shows the 2015 HealthCare Leadership Awards audience the 50cc SynCardia Total Artificial Heart that is in a clinical study.

SynCardia Systems, Inc. Honored With the 2015 Medical Company of the Year Award by Az Business Magazine

 On April 9, SynCardia Systems, Inc. was honored with the 2015 Medical Company of the Year Award in the 8th annual Az Business magazine...

Apr 07, 2015, 08:35 ET
Two multi-center abstracts: Postmarket Surveillance Study (PSS) vs. Pre-Market Approval (PMA) and results for the Freedom(R) portable driver.

SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Featured in 12 ISHLT Abstracts

Twelve abstracts and posters on the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart will be part of the 35th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions by...

Mar 31, 2015, 08:30 ET
Pictured left 70cc and right 50cc SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Hearts. SynCardia Systems, Inc. has received FDA approval to launch an Investigational Device Exemption study into the effective use of the new 50cc SynCardia Heart.

FDA Approves Investigational Study for New Smaller SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

SynCardia Systems, Inc. has received FDA approval to conduct an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study on the effective use of its...

Mar 24, 2015, 09:55 ET
The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart and its direct predecessors account for 96% of all implants of 13 artificial heart designs. A paper in the March 2015 American Journal of Transplantation suggests surgeons are reluctant to transplant a "marginal" heart in a patient who's stabilized with a mechanical circulatory support device.

U.S. Heart Surgeons Accept Only 34% of Available Donor Hearts for Transplant

 Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart failure, is the leading cause of death in the modernized world, taking more lives than all...

Mar 10, 2015, 12:15 ET
Substantial blood flow through each ventricle by the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart helps bridge patients with heart failure and marginal renal function to dual heart-kidney transplants, according to a report in the January-February 2015 peer-reviewed journal Transplantation Proceedings.

Medical Journal Describes 2 Consecutive SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patients Bridged to Dual Heart-Kidney Transplants

 The first single-center report, "Combined Heart-Kidney Transplantation After Total Artificial Heart Insertion," in Transplantation Proceedings...

Mar 03, 2015, 11:21 ET
Brothers Stan and Dominique Larkin both received the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart to save them from life-threatening genetic heart disease. One is home with his donor heart; the other is home with his SynCardia Heart waiting for his donor heart.

Younger of 2 Brothers on the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Gets a Donor Heart Transplant

Michigan brothers Dominique Larkin, 23, and Stan, 24, share an inherited heart condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, or...

Feb 24, 2015, 11:30 ET
Dan Hudspeth is the new Chief Financial Officer for SynCardia Systems, Inc.

Dan Hudspeth Joins SynCardia Systems, Inc. As Chief Financial Officer

Dan Hudspeth has been named Chief Financial Officer of SynCardia Systems, Inc., the company announced today. "Mr. Hudspeth has over 20 years...

Feb 17, 2015, 13:30 ET
French patient, Frederic Thiollet, continues to wait for a matching donor heart. He has been supported by the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart for 1,292 days, equal to three-and-a-half years. A recent ASAIO Journal report showed 74% of patients with more than one year of support on the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart either received a donor heart transplant or were awaiting one.

Patients Supported for More Than 1 Year by the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Experienced Acceptable Outcomes, Concludes International Study

 Seventy-four percent of patients who were supported by the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart for more than a year were either bridged...

Feb 10, 2015, 08:45 ET
Christopher Larsen, working out shortly after his SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, is one of two Arizona men featured in an HP Matter video, "Life Saving Tech: Living with an Artificial Heart." He received the SynCardia Heart implant in July 2013.

Digital Magazine Video Features SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

 Watch and listen to surgeons and patients talk about their experience with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart in the latest...

Feb 03, 2015, 10:10 ET
This chart from the 2014 Registry of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation shows that heart transplants have flattened since 1999. It demonstrates that heart transplants are not keeping up with the increasing demand for donor hearts.

These 7 Artificial Heart Facts Could Help Save Your Life

 For patients suffering from end-stage biventricular (both sides) heart failure, a donor heart transplant is the standard of care. However, not...

Jan 21, 2015, 10:30 ET
Stan Larkin gets ready to go home without a human heart. Larkin has been discharged from the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center supported by the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, powered by the Freedom portable driver, which Larkin is holding.

Michigan Man First in State to be Discharged from the Hospital without a Human Heart

Brothers Stanford and Dominique Larkin, who inherited the same life-threatening genetic heart disease, are benefiting from the same life-saving...

Jan 13, 2015, 10:30 ET
SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient Steve Williams and his wife, Mary, share a happy moment on Thanksgiving. The Freedom portable driver that powers his SynCardia Heart is on his lap.

Heart Failure Patient Sleeps Better Knowing He has the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Before Steve Williams received the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart implant to eliminate his end-stage biventricular heart failure, he...

Jan 12, 2015, 14:40 ET
Tim Shannon joins SynCardia Systems, Inc. as its Executive Vice President, Global Commercialization.

Tim Shannon Joins SynCardia Systems, Inc. as Executive Vice President, Global Commercialization

SynCardia Systems, Inc. announced today that Tim Shannon joined the company January 5, 2015 as its Executive Vice President, Global...

Jan 06, 2015, 13:36 ET
French resident Frederic Thiollet has been supported by the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart for 1,250 days, nearly three and half years. The Freedom(R) portable driver that powers the SynCardia Heart allows him to live a near normal lifestyle. The record for a patient to live on the SynCardia Heart is 1,374 days, nearly four years before he received his donor heart transplant.

FDA Approves the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart for Destination Therapy Study

SynCardia Systems, Inc. has received FDA approval to conduct a clinical study of the effectiveness of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial...

Dec 16, 2014, 08:45 ET
Gates Orlando was first person in Upstate New York to receive a Syncardia Total Artificial Heart.  He received a donor heart a few months after this photo was taken.

Former SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient Rides in Rose Parade

A former NHL player who was supported by the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart before receiving his donor heart transplant will ride in...

Dec 02, 2014, 09:55 ET
Christopher Larsen, pictured at Window Rock, AZ, is back home in the Navajo Nation. He gets around with the support from the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart powered by the Freedom portable driver. Larsen has arranged to fly to Tucson when a matching donor heart becomes available.

Navajo Nation Man Without a Human Heart Plans to Fly to His Heart Transplant

Christopher Larsen, supported by the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart that saved his life, has taken advantage of a rule change that...

Nov 18, 2014, 08:35 ET
Don Isaacs, Vice President of Communications for SynCardia Systems, Inc., holds a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart and the 2014 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Award for Innovator of the Year for Small Companies. SynCardia was honored with the award presented by Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, and Steven G. Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.

SynCardia Named Innovator of the Year by the 2014 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards for Its Freedom Portable Driver

SynCardia Systems, Inc., has been recognized with the 2014 Innovator of the Year Award for Small Companies presented by the Arizona Technology...

Nov 12, 2014, 09:05 ET
Michael P. Garippa, SynCardia CEO and President, awards the Anna Salazar Memorial Scholarship to Justine Bacchus, who is a biomedical engineering junior at the University of Arizona. The late Anna Salazar was a senior quality engineer at SynCardia.

SynCardia 2014 Engineering Scholarship for Women Awarded to University of Arizona Junior Justine Bacchus

SynCardia Systems, Inc., has awarded its Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship to University of Arizona junior Justine Bacchus, who is...

Nov 04, 2014, 06:55 ET
The five authors of a case series in the November 2014 The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation describing virtual implantation of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart are, from left, Ryan A. Moore, MD; Peace C. Madueme, MD; Angela Lorts, MD; David L.S. Morales, MD, and Michael D. Taylor, MD, PhD, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Heart Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio.

3D Virtual Implantation Demonstrated that 19-Year-Old Female Could be Successfully Bridged to Transplant with the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

A 19-year-old woman was successfully implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart and bridged to a donor heart transplant after...