What's in a Name ?
The name "LionHeart" acknowledges Penn State's contribution to the Arrow LionHeartTM design, especially with regard to the landmark work in the area of sustained mechanical circulatory support that began in the early 1970s.
LionHeart starts with the Penn State mascot, the Nittany Lion. The mascot—as legend has it—came about in 1907 when a PSU alumnus fabricated "the fiercest beast of all" to overcome rival Princeton's mascot, a tiger, in an upcoming baseball game. PSU beat Princeton and this figment of an athlete's imagination to become the university mascot went on to become more than a figment.
The Nittany Lion symbolizes imagination and strength. So, the LionHeart, which assists the heart's natural pumping function, stands out as a creative new device to strengthen ailing hearts. The word LionHeart™ was officially trademarked in January 1999 and is owned by Arrow International, Inc.