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Israeli companies design devices for the many patients whose left-side heart chambers aren’t functioning well.
By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c
Heart failure, affecting as many as 26 million adults worldwide, occurs gradually as the heart muscle weakens and struggles to do its job. The more common left-sided heart failure happens when the left ventricle doesn’t pump efficiently. Blood backs up into the lungs, causing shortness of breath and fluid buildup.
With that background, we’re ready to look at technologies focusing on left-sided heart failure.
Leviticus Cardio has developed the only available wireless system for powering left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). The Coplanar Energy Transfer (CET) system makes it safer to receive an LVAD and allows patients to remove the external hardware for eight hours at a time.
In animal studies conducted at the Catholic University in Belgium, the CET system was shown to work efficiently for months, and it’s now ready for human trials.
CorAlert is developing an accurate, low-cost, noninvasive detection and monitoring device measuring real-time left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP), the standard way to detect and diagnose heart failure.
‘LVEDP is always elevated in heart-failure patients and is elevated days or weeks before a severe condition appears, so it’s very predictive for the prognosis of the disease,’ explains CorAlert CEO Amir Marmor, a software engineer who founded the company with his father, Dr. Alon Marmor, professor of cardiology at Bar-Ilan University and former director of cardiology at Ziv Medical Center in Safed (Tzfat).