PROVIDING HOPE WHEN HOPE IS LOST
Help Your Patients Find Hope for Living Better with Heart Failure Using Optimizer® Smart
Not all patients suffering from chronic heart failure (CHF) continue to benefit from drugs or have yet become sick enough to qualify for devices including ICDs and CRTDs. Impulse Dynamics has developed the Optimizer® Smart system with CCMTM (Cardiac Contractility Modulation) technology to ease the symptoms of CHF for these patients. CCM therapy delivers precisely timed electrical pulses to the heart cells during a special period of the beating cycle (called the absolute refractory period, or the period just after the heart contracts). In doing so, it strengthens and helps the heart contract more forcibly, thereby delivering more blood and oxygen to the body. Studies have shown CCM therapy to improve 6-minute hall walk distance, quality of life and functional status among patients who are candidates for the device.
About the Optimizer® Smart System
The Optimizer® Smart is a minimally invasive, implantable device that delivers a proprietary therapy called CCM to patients with heart failure. CCM (cardiac contractility modulation) is a first-of-a-kind, life-changing treatment alternative for a vast population of heart failure patients who remain symptomatic despite guideline-directed medical therapy and are not yet sick enough for a heart pump.
The Optimizer® Smart System includes an implantable stimulation device (similar in size to a pacemaker) and an external charging station.
CCM therapy delivers precisely timed electrical pulses to the heart cells during a special period of the beating cycle (called the absolute refractory period, or the period just after the heart contracts). In doing so, it strengthens and helps the heart contract more forcibly, thereby delivering more blood and oxygen to the body. Evidence from clinical investigations proves that CCM therapy is able to improve the heart’s contractility by modifying the function and expression of proteins in the heart muscle thus improving the overall function of the heart.
The Optimizer® Smart Procedure
The device is implanted in a small pocket under the skin of the upper chest, along with commercially available pacemaker leads that are placed in the heart’s right ventricular septum, while the patient is under light sedation. The device is generally implanted in the right pectoral region into a subcutaneous pocket at a depth of 2.5 centimeters and the pocket is then closed. After implantation, the physician custom-programs and activates the device for the patient. The patient charges the device one hour per week using the external charger. Optimizer® Smart systems are expected to last for at least 15 years before requiring replacement.
Reach Out to an Impulse Dynamics Representative
To learn more about the Optimizer® Smart system or how you can give your patients a renewed sense of hope with the breakthrough treatment approach, reach out to a representative: