Lab Technology

TAF

Transcatheter Antiembolic Filter (TAF)

TAF unique design is compatible with all TAVIs’ delivery catheters.
TAF adoption contributes to perform safer TAVIs’ procedures thus extending their use in lower risk younger patients.

  • TAF protects TAVI implanted patients from cerebral embolic injuries, acute kidney failures and embolism of peripheral organs
  • TAF is easily deployed and positioned in the ascending aorta obtaining a perfect matching with the aorta’s wall
  • TAF has net mesh with a porosity lower than 70 µm capturing even the smallest embolic debris
SYSTEM

AorticLab calcium debridement system

TDD device is designed to break and fragment the calcific plaques present on the native aortic leaflets and bioprosthetics leaflets.
TAF and TDD are designed to work together composing the AorticLab system.

  • TDD acts gently fragmenting the calcific vegetations present on the valve without damaging the leaflet tissue and without local temperature increase
  • The calcium debridement is obtained by an innovative double ultrasound frequency treatment generating a cavitation effect inside the leaflet tissue
  • The valve leaflets, during the TDD treatment, are blocked obtaining an effective debridement while the blood circulation is granted by a temporary prosthetic valve removed after the procedure

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FAQ

Aortic valve stenosis

Aortic Stenosis is one of the most common and most serious valve diseases. It is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening due to a calcium formation on the native leaflets. Aortic stenosis restricts the blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta causing an increase of the transvalvular pressure drop and the calcium on the leaflet prevent an optimal valve closure generating valve regurgitation.

SAVR – Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement

Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR) is a procedure in which the diseased aortic valve is replaced through open heart surgery. During SAVR, under a general anesthetic, the surgeon then makes an incision in the chest to access the heart, the heart is stopped, and the patient is placed on a heart-lung machine, which does the work for the heart. The diseased valve is removed and replaced with an artificial valve. At the end of the procedure the heart is restarted and the incision is closed.

TAVR - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that repairs the aortic valve without removing the old damaged valve. With the patient sedated, the cardiologist open a femoral access and delivers the new prosthetic valve into the old one through a catheter. The procedure may be called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

EPDs – Embolic Protection Devices

Embolic Protection Devices are devices with the aim to lowering the risk of perioperative cerebrovascular events. EPDs can be deflectors, that deviate the debris detached from the valve during the procedure and direct to the cerebral zone to the peripheral circulation, or filters, that capture and remove from the circulation those debris.