08538535 is referenced by 12 patents and cites 261 patents.

Apparatus and methods are described including a mechanical support element that is placed inside a first vein of a subject. At least one electrode disposed on the mechanical support element is placed inside the first vein, in a vicinity of a site upstream of a bifurcation with a second vein of the subject. A control unit enhances downstream blood flow from the first vein by driving the at least one electrode to divert blood downstream into the second vein by constricting the first vein at the upstream site, by driving the at least one electrode to apply a current to the vicinity of the site. The mechanical support element prevents the first vein from collapsing by providing mechanical support to the vein. Other embodiments are also described.

Title
Enhancing perfusion by contraction
Application Number
12/851214
Publication Number
8538535 (B2)
Application Date
August 5, 2010
Publication Date
September 17, 2013
Inventor
Gal Ariav
Givaat Ada
IL
Nitai Hanani
Haifa
IL
Offer Glasberg
Zichron Ya'akov
IL
Yotam Reisner
Kiryat Tivon
IL
Amir Dagan
Kibbutz Megiddo
IL
Yossi Gross
Moshav Mazor
IL
Agent
Sughrue Mion PLLC
Assignee
Rainbow Medical
IL
IPC
A61N 1/00
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