Edgar Aranda-Michel

Carnegie Mellon University

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Muscle-powered Counterpulsation for Untethered, Non-blood-contacting Cardiac Support: A Path to Destination Therapy
Heart failure remains one of the most costly diseases in the industrialized world, both in terms of healthcare dollars and the loss of human life. Despite decades of development in ventricular assist devices (VADs), the five-year survival rate for VAD patients remains barely above 50% due to secondary complications such as bleeding, driveline infection, and pump thrombosis associated with blood-contacting surfaces. Muscle-powered extra-aortic counterpulsation VAD that boosts cardiac function by squeezing the external surface of the ascending aorta during ventricular diastole holds potential as a safe and effective means to treat heart failure patients for long-term... Read more