Patient with total artificial heart leaves hospital — Penn State Hershey Medical Center


>>[background music] It started, I’d gotten
a pain in each shoulder, went into my chest. But then the closer I got to home, everything
started feeling better and when I got home it was really good, you know just like before.
And I thought well it can’t be a heart attack. My wife’s a crossing guard and she was down
on the corner and when she got home on Thursday evening this had come back again. So I told
her about it and she said you better call the doctor.>>He came to us in very bad shape. He was
in so called advanced cardiogenic shock because of his severe heart attack.>>They took some sort of a scope and went
back and forth over my heart and she said there’s something wrong here and here what
it was there was a hole opened up in the center of my heart where the two sections join. And
then Dr. Banayosy told me he can’t fix it. So I had to make a choice if I wanted to live
I had to go onto this.>>It is a dramatic event that happens relatively
quickly and escalates relatively quickly. That’s why we’re fortunate to have some of
the new technology’s [inaudible] total artificial hearts. Prior to, you know, the year 2000
there’d be no other options. He’d never even have shown up here. But now we have some other
options for these relatively quickly advancing states where we can take care of a lot of
people and actually get them on to like I said the next sort of steps.>>Here it is. Now this is powered off of
the wall socket and two onboard batteries here. And if you want to go somewhere there’s
a plug on the side which you unplug and then it automatically goes to the batteries and
you’ve got to keep an eye on the time, you know how long it’s been on those batteries.>>I mean there’s a lot of support, from families,
from other caregivers out there, that’s required for somebody to have a device like this and
go home with it. It’s not just the patient. It has to be 24/7 able to get help, able to
troubleshoot, able to take care of other things.>>Well right now the total artificial heart
is only a bridge to transplant. It’s not used as what we call a destination device, meaning
that that is all the patient gets. He goes home and this is his final support. So right
now everybody who gets a total artificial heart is a transplant candidate.>>They said that there isn’t anything more
they can do for me here except give me a place to sleep [inaudible]. They said you might
as well, if you, you know, want to, go home and wait there and we’ll call you so I liked
that idea.>>The smaller driver allows the patient to
go home. That per se is improving the psychological feelings of the patient, improves the quality
of life of the patient.>>It’s been five months since I saw the house.
You miss the atmosphere, you know, the place, the people, everything. I was out and around
walking all the time in the neighborhood and stuff and I knew all those people. [applause]>>The technology the last couple of years
has advanced, you know, just incredibly quickly. We have more devices, better devices and they
keep coming and it’s not the end. His artificial heart isn’t the last iteration of this device
by any stretch of the imagination.>>You got this.>>I just want to thank them for all the help
and caring and everything. They were all good to me. I can’t say enough good about it. That’d
be about it. [laughter] [music] [ Silence ]

1 thought on “Patient with total artificial heart leaves hospital — Penn State Hershey Medical Center

  1. I was doing cardiovascular research at Hershey Med in the 1980's when the first Hershey Heart was implanted in a human.  I believe our patient lived about a year on the devise, but it was relatively unsuccessful because of bleeding/clotting issues.  The patient almost immediately began having a series of strokes and bleeds that were never adequately brought under control.  It looks like the technology has advanced considerably since the mid-80's when the first work on this began at Hershey.  I personally never thought the bleeding/clotting problems were gong to be resolved before biologically engineered hearts were possible, which I thought at the time would happen before 2010.  I was in PA last year and stopped by HMC to visit.  It is huge compared to the institution I used to work at. It's got to be about 3 times bigger than in the mid-80's, but still located in a beautiful area.  Good to see the work is moving ahead.

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