Simulus Flexible Annuloplasty System Heart Valve Disease

Overview

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Heart valve disease occurs when valves fail to open and close properly. Diseased heart valves are either narrowed (stenotic), limiting the amount of blood pumped to the rest of the body; or incompetent (regurgitant), failing to close completely and allowing blood to flow backwards into the atrium.

Heart valve repair is an established therapy for many patients with diseased valves. A ring or band from the Simulus flexible annuloplasty system can be sewn around the base of the valve where it attaches to the heart (the annulus) to support the valve repair by providing shape and stability.


Size

The Simulus flexible ring and band are available in nine sizes ranging from 23 mm to 39 mm to fit your specific need.


Placement

The Simulus flexible ring and band are used for mitral or tricuspid valve repair. The mitral valve controls the flow of blood from your heart’s left atrium into the left ventricle. The tricuspid valve controls the flow of blood from your heart’s right atrium into the right ventricle.


Features

The Simulus flexible ring and band are made of flexible, braided polyester, allowing them to mimic the natural movement of the heart valve. Flexibility allows your repaired valve to continuously move and change shape and size just as a natural valve does.

X-ray Examinations

The Simulus flexible ring and band are radiopaque, which means they show up clearly on x-rays and in other diagnostic tests. This makes it easier for your doctor to determine if the implant is doing the job it’s supposed to.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The flexible ring and band have no metal components and, therefore, are safe for use in magnetic resonance imaging.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.