Since a couple of years our Institute for Applied Medical Engineering is working on a project to develop and evaluate a catheter system with an attached pump to treat patients with acute right heart insufficiency by assisting the blood pumping function the right ventricle. This project is in cooperation with the RWTH University Hospital - Clinic for Heart, Vessel and Thoracic Surgery (THG), the Institute for Electrical Machines (IEM) and the Institute for textile engineering (ITA).
Right heart insufficiency contributes to high mortality and is especially commonly induced after cardiac surgery, such as heart transplantation and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. Available right heart support devices are restricted to critically ill patients due to the invasive surgery. This project is to develop a minimally invasive right ventricular assist device (MIRVAD) for acute assistance of the right ventricle and thus to overcome the current device limitations.