New Blood-free Heart Pump Wraps Around Organ to Give it Extra Boost

heart-sleeveResearchers at Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital have unveiled a powered soft robotic system that wraps around the heart to help augment the cardiac output. Reminiscent of a heart massage, the device makes intimate contact with the organ and contracts with its natural rhythm, applying force to give the heart additional strength.

While left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) already help many people with ailing hearts to live better and longer, they can lead to terrible side effects such as stroke, and require patients to be on blood thinners that bring their own complications.

Unlike LVADs, the soft robot does not actually come in contact with the blood, nor does it create unusual turbulence LVADs generate that is responsible for unwanted hematologic effects.

By medGadget

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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