The Arrow LionHeart™ is the first fully implantable heart assist device. The Arrow LionHeart™ is not an artificial heart. It is a "heart helper" or left ventricular assist system (LVAS) for patients suffering from severe heart failure who are not eligible for a natural heart transplant.
The Division of Artificial Organs at Penn State College of Medicine, Walter Pae, Jr. M.D. pioneered the development of the Arrow LionHeart™ and has collaborated closely with Arrow International, Inc. in preparing the device for clinical use.
Under the direction of Dr. Walter Pae, Jr., professor of surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, clinical trials began in Europe in October 1999 and were recently completed. U.S. Trials began in February 2001 and continue today.