Simple device saves patients from heart surgery
A simple device developed in Israel would free patients from the need for invasive, expensive and dangerous open heart surgery.
Kuspa Medical developed an artificial tail that attaches to a heart valve – which opens and closes to allow blood to flow from one region of the heart to another and in the correct direction.
Typical treatment options for valvular heart disease — when a person’s heart valves can no longer open or close completely — include medication, surgery to repair the valves, or surgery to replace the valves, both of which take long rehabilitation. There are invasive procedures over time.
Cuspa’s simple device—better known as a Cusper—reduces the backflow of blood into the heart’s chambers.
The prosthesis is attached to the heart valve with a metal grasper. Unlike open heart surgery, the procedure is minimally invasive, using a catheter through the groin.
The device is pushed out of the sheath and directed to the desired location. This grips the valve and holds it open in its original shape, and when the valve is closed, the device ensures that there is no opening and prevents leaks.
Cusper is currently being tested for safety and efficacy in large animals. It has two international patents pending in North America, Europe and Asia.
When a person’s heart valves are damaged or become diseased, not enough blood can move through the heart to the rest of the body, and it leaks back into the same chamber it came from. was.
If left untreated, patients will suffer from symptoms including chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and eventually heart failure.
Cuspa Medical was founded in 2019, and is headquartered in Nazareth, Israel.
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