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First-ever Implant Treats Heart Failure at Rambam



Rambam Hospital

Rambam Hospital





September 10, 2017

First-ever Implant Treats Heart Failure at Rambam

Millions of people worldwide suffer from Diastolic heart failure but there is currently no effective proven treatment for this condition. A unique device developed by an Israeli start-up gives new hope to those who suffer from this medical condition. Rambam Hospital was the first to use this device in a 72-year old Canadian man admitted specifically for this procedure.

Over 23 million people worldwide suffer from heart failure, a condition in which the heart fails to pump sufficient oxygenated blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart failure symptoms include shortness of breath, tiredness, swollen legs and limited ability to exercise or perform simple physical tasks. The prognosis of heart failure is poor; more than 40% of heart failure patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. There are several types of heart failure based on the mode of heart dysfunction. Diastolic heart failure occurs when the left ventricle fails to relax and adequately refill with blood (diastolic phase of the heart cycle) resulting in a high filling pressure, congestion and shortness of breath. Approximately half of heart failure patients suffer from diastolic heart failure. The incidence of diastolic heart failure increases with age and is common among women with hypertension, obesity and diabetes. There is currently no effective proven treatment for this condition.

CorAssist, an Israeli start-up company, developed the CORolla®, an elastic device that is implanted inside the left ventricle of the heart by a minimally invasive procedure on a beating heart. The device can improve cardiac diastolic function by applying direct expansion force on the ventricle wall to help the heart fill with blood. The CorAssist technology was invented by Dr. Yair Feld, a cardiologist at Rambam Health Care Campus (Rambam), together with partners Dr. Yotam Reisner and Dr. Shay Dubi.

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