Berlin Heart Received CE Mark and Announces First Implantation of the Latest Cannula Generation to Treat Heart Patients Waiting for a Donor Heart

Berlin, September 2021: Berlin Heart today announces the CE mark and first implantation of an innovative outflow cannula for mechanical circulatory support with the paracorporeal pulsatile EXCOR® ventricular assist device.

EXCOR® Graft Cannula: The new flexibility of graft anastomosis
(PresseBox) ( Berlin, )
The EXCOR® Graft Cannula* connects the outflow side of the blood pump to the ascending aorta for left ventricular support or to the pulmonary artery for right ventricular support.

This innovative new EXCOR® Graft Cannula was developed to offer the surgeons a wide range of applications and flexibility during surgery by combining the proven flow properties of EXCOR® cannulae with the advantages of a graft anastomosis.

Improvements in the field of mechanical circulatory support and the further development of ventricular assist devices enable critically ill heart patients to recover and bridge the often very long waiting periods for a donor heart. Berlin Heart has developed a cannula that intends to a more convenient surgical handling during implantation and an adaptation to the individual needs of patients of all ages treated with the EXCOR® VAD system, from newborns to adults.

The pediatric heart medicine team from the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf (UKE) in Germany was the first to implant this new outflow cannula. Prof. Dr. med. Michael Hübler about his first experience: “The new cannula was easy to assemble and implant. The flexible design helps the surgeon adapt to the individual physiology of patients.”

The soft graft material also has another very important advantage: It allows to reduce the anastomosis-angle and this leads to low flow disturbances with the aim to optimize hemodynamics.1

Dr. med. Ares K. Menon, Cardiac Surgeon and General Manager of Berlin Heart GmbH summarizes the project goal of this further development as follows: “With the EXCOR® Graft Cannula we satisfy the unmet clinical need for much more flexible and convenient cannulae for aortic and pulmonary cannulation of patients of all ages.”

Berlin Heart's philosophy is based on future orientation and investment in research and development, thereby always in focus to offer a suitable solution for every single patient.

Another important milestone in the history of Berlin Heart was reached with this new development.

1 Effect of LVAD outflow conduit insertion angle on flow through the native aorta, KD May-Newman, BK Hillen, CS Sironda & W Dembitsky Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology Vol. 28 , Iss. 3,2004

* Arterial cannula for graft (set)
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