Artificial Heart

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for total artificial hearts (TAH). These technologies are used in cardiovascular surgery to temporarily or permanently replace the heart in advanced heart failure patients.

The Jarvik 2000 heart includes the blood pump inside the natural heart (white arrow), the internal cable (blue arrow), the behind-the-ear connector (green arrow) the belt worn controller (yellow arrow), the belt worn battery (grey arrow), and the external cables (black).

Feature | February 28, 2012
February 27, 2012 – Jarvik Heart Inc. announced conditional U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its...

On Nov. 8, 2011, SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient Jack Miller became the first politician in the United States to be elected to office without a human heart. On election day, he was able to man the polls and interact with voters using the Freedom portable driver to power his Total Artificial Heart.

Feature | March 19, 2012
Jack Miller, 62, is probably the only politician in America who smiles when people call him “heartless.” Four months...
News | September 08, 2011
September 8, 2011 – SynCardia Systems, manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced that...
Feature | September 01, 2011 | Hannah Hickey
September 1, 2011 – Mechanical pumps to give failing hearts a boost were originally developed as temporary measures for...
News | August 12, 2011
August 12, 2011 — SynCardia Systems Inc., manufacturer of the temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH), said Aug. 2,...
News | July 19, 2011
July 19, 2011 — Terumo Heart Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Terumo Corp., announced that a patient implanted with...
News | July 19, 2011
July 19, 2011 — An article published in the July issue of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation reports the...
News | March 11, 2011
March 11, 2011 – Texas Children's has become the world's first pediatric hospital to complete the first phase of...
News | February 17, 2011
February 17, 2011 – On Jan. 15, after 864 days of life with an artificial heart, Charles Okeke received a dual heart...
News | October 18, 2010
October 18, 2010 - A 54-year-old Italian man has become the first patient to surpass 1,000 days of support with an...
News | October 18, 2010
October 18, 2010 – Toronto General Hospital is the first Canadian medical center to implant a left-ventricular assist...
News | September 02, 2010
September 2, 2010 – Artificial heart maker SynCardia Systems said it plans to put the company up for sale some time...
News | August 13, 2010
August 13, 2010 – A rotary blood pump designed for long-term patient support had another patient surpass four years...

A comparison in size between the current Big Blue Driver unit and the Freedom Driver currently in clinical trials.

Feature | June 21, 2010 | Keyur B. Shah, M.D.; Daniel P. Tang, M.D.; Michael Hess, M.D; and Vigneshwar Kasirajan, M.D. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
The practicality and expense of maintaining patients on total artificial hearts (TAH) may be significantly impacted...
News | March 30, 2010
March 30, 2010 – The FDA granted an investigational device exemption (IDE) for a clinical study of the Freedom...