Patent Number: 6,569,079

Title: Ventricular assist device, accessory therefore and method of use

Abstract: A device comprises a bag with associated actuator means which can be selectively activated to permit the expansion of the bag and its consequent filing with a body of blood which flows towards the bag, and to produce the contraction of the bag with the consequent expulsion from the bag of a body of blood which has flowed into the bag. Means are provided for selectively varying the resistance offered by the said bag to filing with the said body of blood.

Inventors: Arabia; Maurizio (Rome, IT), Ercolani; Mauro (Grottaferrata, IT), Fierli; Manlio (Pontegaleria, IT), Rinaldi; Stefano (Parma, IT), Sorcini; Giorgio (Rome, IT), Zagara; Maurizio (Rome, IT)

Assignee: Ministero dell'Universita e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica

International Classification: A61M 1/10 (20060101); A61N 001/362 ()

Expiration Date: 05/27/2011