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2 U.S. Hospitals Begin Certification To Implant SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Brigham & Women's Hospital and University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics to Become Newest SynCardia Certified Centers

(PresseBox) (Tucson, ) SynCardia Systems, Inc. announced today that Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, and University of Iowa (UI) Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, have begun certification to implant the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.

Brigham & Women's will complete Phase I of certification on Nov. 1 & 2, and UI Hospitals & Clinics completed Phase I on Oct. 21 & 22.

- Brigham & Women's Hospital: Brigham & Women's is ranked #7 among the Best Hospitals in Heart & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. The heart transplantation program is the oldest and largest in New England. Since performing the region's first heart transplant in 1984, Brigham & Women's has performed over 500 heart transplants, more than any other program in the region. The hospital now follows the largest population of patients surviving heart transplantation.

- UI Hospitals & Clinics: In 2009, UI Hospitals & Clinics performed 18 heart transplants and achieved a one-year survival rate of 100%. The hospital's median waiting time for a heart transplant is approximately 9 months. Since 2009, UI Hospitals & Clinics have implanted 22 ventricular assist devices and have discharged 18 of these patients to enjoy life at home.

Currently, there are 13 SynCardia Certified Centers in the U.S., with an additional 9 U.S. hospitals undergoing certification. Around the world, there are 33 SynCardia Certified Centers, with an additional 15 international centers undergoing certification. SynCardia Certified Centers are located in Germany, Italy, France, Australia, Russia, Austria, Turkey, Sweden, Canada and the U.S.


About SynCardia Systems Inc

SynCardia Systems, Inc. is the Tucson-based manufacturer of the world's only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart: the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. There have been more than 850 implants of the Total Artificial Heart, accounting for more than 200 patient years of life on the device.

Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, the Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to human heart transplant for people dying from end-stage biventricular failure. The Total Artificial Heart is the only device that provides immediate, safe blood flow of up to 9.5 L/min through both ventricles.

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