The implantation of the ‘Total Artificial Heart’ in the UAE will help save patients suffering from heart failure including those waiting in line for a donor heart transplant.
The Total Artificial Heart (TAH) has four mechanical valves that work similar to the heart valves to control blood flow and it replaces the lower chambers of the human heart. Once implanted in the body, the device is then connected to a power source outside of the body which helps pump blood through the heart’s main artery to the rest of the body.
The device will save the lives of patients with heart failure. The surgeons transplant when whole heart is affected but there are indications where heart transplant cannot be possible.
TAH will be a solution for patients waiting for a suitable heart donor.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cardiovascular diseases have been attributed as the leading cause of deaths worldwide.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) is in the process of establishing a database of cardiovascular patients.
There are around 50 hospitals offering cardiovascular service and treatment in the UAE but it is not confirmed that how many of the hospitals will provide the new TAH procedure.
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) revealed that almost 37 per cent of Emiratis between 35 and 70 years of age suffer from hypertension and signs of heart disease.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 50 per cent of people in the Gulf Region die due to cardiovascular diseases.