A 39-year-old man, the first patient in Vietnam to have a synthetic heart device (Heartwear) implanted in his chest, was discharged from the hospital on August 22.

Hoang Quoc Bien, a fisherman from the central province of Quang Binh, underwent a five-hour surgery by doctors from the Hue central hospital and their counterparts from Australia’s Saint Vincent hospital June 6.

Bien was in the final stage of dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged, and cannot pump blood effectively, leading to heart failure. His life was said to be counted in months.

After the operation, his heart has responded well, doubling cardiac output to four liters per minute, said Director of the Hue Central Hospital, Prof. Nguyen Duc Phu.

With this promising medical procedure, patients can live up to seven years, offering them more time to seek a matching heart donor, he added.

As part of a state-level research programme licensed by the Ministry of Health and funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the implant has opened up a new direction in the treatment of heart failure using the Heartware technology.-VNA