Persistent exhaustion, trouble breathing, confusion, loss of memory
If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with heart failure and functional mitral regurgitation (FMR), you may already be struggling with some of these debilitating symptoms. You may be exhausted just preparing a meal, getting out of bed, walking across the room, or climbing stairs.
There is no cure for heart failure and FMR. Your doctor may prescribe medications to help treat symptoms. Implanting a pacemaker or a left ventricular assist device may temporarily improve function and slow symptom progression. Some patients may be eligible for open-heart surgery to repair or replace valves in the heart. Far fewer will receive a transplant.
RECOGNIZING THE SYMPTOMS
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure is a condition in which your heart’s muscles slowly weaken and lose their ability to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body.
What is Functional Mitral Regurgitation (FMR)?
In a healthy heart, the mitral valve acts like a door to prevent leakage between the left ventricle and left atrium. An enlarged left ventricle is common among heart failure patients. As it expands, the weakened heart wall stretches the opening of the mitral valve and allows blood to flow backwards into the atrium.
Mitral valve dysfunction caused by an enlarged left ventricle is called functional mitral regurgitation (FMR), and it exacerbates the symptoms of heart failure. Up to 49% of people with heart failure also suffer from FMR.2
1 Mozzafarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, et al. on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2016 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2016;133:e38-e360.
2 Koelling T, et al. American Heart Journal. Volume 144, Issue 3, Sep 2002, Pages 524-529. Prognostic significance of mitral regurgitation and tricuspid regurgitation in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction.
TREATING HEART FAILURE AND FMR
Ancora Heart developed the AccuCinch system as a new treatment option for the millions of patients suffering from heart failure and FMR.
AccuCinch is the first of a new class of therapies that repairs the left ventricle and directly targets the cause of heart failure.
The AccuCinch procedure uses a minimally invasive, non-surgical approach which may allow for faster recovery times compared to open-heart procedures and result in an earlier return to normal activities.
Leading heart centers are studying the AccuCinch system’s ability to repair and reshape the enlarged left ventricle.
Charles G. Jones participated in a clinical trial evaluating the AccuCinch system. Watch the video above to learn more about his experience with AccuCinch.
How it works
The AccuCinch implant is placed into the left ventricular wall, just below the mitral valve.
Once properly positioned, the implant is then cinched tight and secured in place.
Once cinched, the AccuCinch implant is intended to reduce the size of the left ventricle, as well as support and strengthen the heart wall.
Find out if AccuCinch may be right for you
Ancora Heart is currently enrolling patients in clinical trials to evaluate AccuCinch in the U.S. and Europe. Click to download a brochure to review with your doctor.