07189202 is referenced by 49 patents and cites 287 patents.

A cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure is disclosed. The harness applies elastic, compressive reinforcement on the left ventricle to reduce deleterious wall tension and to resist shape change of the ventricle during the mechanical cardiac cycle. Rather than imposing a dimension beyond which the heart cannot expand, the harness provides no hard limit over the range of diastolic expansion of the ventricle. Instead, the harness follows the contour of the heart throughout diastole and continuously exerts gentle resistance to stretch. Also disclosed is a method of delivering the cardiac harness to the heart minimally invasively.

Title
Self-sizing cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure
Application Number
10/693577
Publication Number
7189202 (B2)
Application Date
October 23, 2003
Publication Date
March 13, 2007
Inventor
Bill Hartigan
Fremont
CA, US
Lilip Lau
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Agent
Fulwider Patton
Assignee
Paracor Medical
CA, US
IPC
A61F 2/00
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