As the "Startup Nation," Israel is never short of technological marvels, many of which might help heal our aging and ailing bodies, from head to toe. ISRAEL21c's Abigail Klein Lachman takes a look at four different ways Israeli innovation is working to combat failures of the left side of the heart:
We’re talking here not about emotional hearts but about physical hearts containing four chambers — left and right atriums on the top; left and right ventricles on the bottom – working together to circulate blood through our bodies.
Below we look at four Israeli startups with unique technologies for repairing or monitoring malfunctioning chambers on the left side of the heart.
First, a short anatomy lesson: The left atrium receives oxygenated blood returning from the lungs and pumps it into the left ventricle through the mitral valve. From there, the blood is ready to go on its bodily voyage.
Heart failure, affecting as many as 26 million adults worldwide, occurs gradually as the heart muscle weakens and struggles to do its job. The more common left-sided heart failure happens when the left ventricle doesn’t pump efficiently. Blood backs up into the lungs, causing shortness of breath and fluid buildup.
With that background, we’re ready to look at technologies focusing on left-sided heart failure...