introducing Helix Cardia
A Unique Device Approach to Treating Advanced Heart Failure
HelixCardia™ is based on the concept of helically arranged myocardial fibers that connect cardiac apex to its base, providing a “positive-displacement” in systole and a “suction” during diastole. HelixCardia™ does not have any direct contact with circulating blood, and thus requires no blood-thinning medications (eliminating the risk of stroke and bleeding). Once implanted, the heart remains functionally intact. HelixCardia™ is percutaneously implantable through a small incision in the rib space, which benefits heart failure patients in stage D who may not tolerate a major open-chest surgery.
Burden of Heart Failure
Heart failure (HF) affects six million individuals costing over $30 billion annually in the U.S. Among these, between 150,000 to 250,000, reach stage D (end stage) failure, but only about 6,000 receive a heart transplant or a ventricular assist device (VAD). Co-morbidities and limited donor supply are the main reasons preventing these patients from receiving a heart transplant. Additionally, most of these patients are either too ill to undergo major cardiac surgery or do not find current VADs acceptable due to the risk of long-term complications (stroke, bleeding, infections). Thus, the only current option for most of the HF patients in stage D is palliative care.