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Parachute® Implant System for ischaemic heart failure


Cardiovascular Disease and Vascular Surgery

April 2013

The Parachute® Implant System is a ventricular partitioning device developed by Cardiokinetix Inc. It is used to isolate damaged heart muscle in patients with symptoms of heart failure due to ischaemic heart disease.
After a heart attack, the damaged heart muscle can become over stretched as it has less resistance than undamaged muscle and is unable to contract. The left ventricle in the heart then enlarges as healthy muscle tries to compensate for lost function. This progressive enlargement eventually overloads the heart, causing a decrease in cardiac output and resulting in symptoms of heart failure such as fatigue, shortness of breath and fluid accumulation.

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