From Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio
Doctors in Lexington have successfully implanted a Syncardia Total Artificial Heart. This is the first time this brand of artificial heart has been implanted in Kentucky. Dr. Mark Plunkett, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Kentucky, says the artificial heart is a bridge until a transplant is ready.
The patient is 20-year-old Zack Poe (right) of Maysville. Doctors diagnosed his heart failure in January.
“I feel a million times better. Because of the outflow volume, I’ve been able to walk longer without pain than I have in months,” Poe said.
Poe will go on the transplant list later this week for donor heart. Only 29 medical centers across the country are certified to perform the artificial heart procedure.
(Photo courtesy of UK Hospital)