Lauza Legere is the first Canadian to be fitted with a novel heart- assisting device called the C-Pulse Cuff, which is part of a clinical trial at The McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.
The device was implanted in December and can effectively reduce the risk of stroke.
The C-Pulse is implanted outside the aorta, unlike other heart pumps which are implanted inside the aorta for a short period of time. A cuff is also sewn around the critical heart valve. A balloon-type structure inside the cuff helps maintain the blood flow by inflating and deflating rhythmically.
Other benefits of the C-Pulse is that it obliterates the need for blood thinners. Further, the pump is connected to a battery pack worn on the waist, therefore it can be disconnected while swimming or bathing.