Heart disease can cause the ventricles to “unwrap.”
Heart disease, often referred to as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), is treated in three ways:
- Surgical procedures
- Implantable devices
However, there is a cure: Total heart transplant. Only 2,500 are performed in the United States annually. Donor hearts are scarce.
Due to this scarcity, a patient may qualify for a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). These devices are seen as a bridge to transplant.
The current generation of VADs have rigid patient requirements. This is why only 3,000 are implanted annually.
150,000 to 200,000 patients are either undertreated or completely untreated.
50% will die within a year after diagnosis. The majority of the others will die within five years.
The eHeart™ gently hugs the ventricles while assisting them to pump naturally.
eHeart™ gently applies pressure to the ventricles during their natural output cycle. This is how eHeart helps the heart to compensate for lost pumping ability. This is biomimicry at work.
Ischemic heart attack, viral or infectious disease can damage heart tissue. The heart must compensate for this lost muscle tissue. This process is called “remodeling.” eHeart provides gentle compensational pumping during this process and assists in reversal of the remodeling.
Every heart is different, and so is every injury to heart tissue. This is why eHeart™ was made with versatility in mind, offering several modes of operation. This can help return a patient to a more normal lifestyle. It also relieves stress on heart tissue which would otherwise slow or stop recovery.
The heart can rest and damaged tissue can heal.
The eHeart™ is designed to allow the heart to heal and extend lives.
The right and left ventricles are located at the bottom half of the heart. These are the “pumps” that send blood to the lungs and body. eHeart “Wraps” around them much like a cuff used to take your blood pressure.
eHeart™ has active chambers that hug the ventricles. When the heart pumps, the chambers inflate. Much like a pacemaker, the eHeart controller actively monitors this process. The heart of the patient sets the pace and eHeart picks up any slack.
eHeart™ pumps in direct unison with the heart. This returns normal blood flow to the heart muscle. As a result, eHeart™ allows it to recover from excess workload and to heal.
The versatility of eHeart™ allows other devices for treating heart failure to be used as well. Devices like an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) or a Cardiac Resynchronization Device (CRD) may be used to complement eHeart™.
eHeart™ is implanted without any incisions into the heart or major vessels.