A small, early stage company from Minnesota, Sunshine Heart (SSH) is developing a heart assist device for Class III heart failure patients. Class III people are comfortable at rest, but physical activity causes them fatigue and difficulty in breathing.
The C-Pulse System
Sunshine's C-Pulse System is based on a proven balloon counter-pulsation technology, long used in hospitals, assisting the heart before operations by reducing the workload of the left ventricle.
The C-Pulse System's Cuff wraps around the outside of the ascending aorta, much like a blood pressure cuff around the patient's arm at a doctor's office.
A balloon inside the Cuff inflates and deflates, synchronized with the heart's pumping. A pacemaker wire is used to...