The C-Pulse Heart Assist Device: A Less Invasive Heart Failure Treatment

Margarita Camacho, MD, and Mark J. Zucker, MD, JD, Barnabas Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center describe the alternative option of a C-Pulse heart assist device when dealing with heart failure. The C-Pulse system can be implanted in three different ways: a standard full sternotomy, parasternal incision, or partial sternotomy, all of which are less invasive than a conventional heart operation. Like other operations, the C-Pulse does run the risk of infection, though it minimizes the risk of clotting, and is a much more simple device than others like the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) in terms of both implantation and usage. 

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