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Heart & Vascular Center

Total Artificial Heart

The cardiac surgeons at the Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Heart & Vascular Center are one of only 13 surgical teams in the country to implant the CardioWest™ temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t) as a bridge-to-transplantation in specific heart transplant candidates.

The CardioWest™ TAH-t is an improved version of the Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart, which was first implanted in 1982. This unique technology allows us to treat patients who would not survive without full circulatory support.

The CardioWest™ TAH-t completely replaces the patient's diseased heart with a goal of restoring normal blood pressure, increasing cardiac output and giving organs such as the kidney and liver a chance to recover. As a result, patients become better candidates for transplantation. 

The program is currently involved in testing the Freedom portable driver which will allow patients to leave the hospital following implantation of the TAH.

To make an appointment with a Washington University heart or vascular specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call .

 

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At age 23, Megan Moss was too young to die. Diagnosed with myocarditis, her disease fell into heart failure. An innovative device was implanted until a donor heart became available for transplant. Now Megan is back to work and living the life of a normal 25 year old. Listen to her story here.

 

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