The ArtAssist® device is a home-use medical treatment designed to increase blood flow without surgery so that wounds can heal and patients can keep their limbs.
Who uses the ArtAssist® device?
ArtAssist® Device therapy is recommended for:
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Arterial ulcers
- Intermittent claudication (walking pain)
- Rest pain
- Critical limb ischemia (CLI)
Who should not use the ArtAssist® device?
- Rapidly deteriorating disease/acute ischemia due to arterial blood clots
- Uncontrolled infection/during episodes of superficial phlebitis, cellulitis or osteomyelitis
- When increased venous and lymphatic return is undesirable, such as in patients with severe congestive heart failure
- When deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism exists or is suspected
The ArtAssist® device is a doctor prescribed therapy that takes place in the comfort of a patient’s own home. The pump and all accessories are shipped directly to the patient, including an instructional DVD to guide you in its proper use. Telephone support is free.
The device controller is portable and easy to use. Simply sit down, apply the cuffs, and turn it on. The ArtAssist® device will do the rest. The cuffs are made of soft, durable material designed to last for months of therapy.
Recommended use is 3 hours daily, but prescribing physicians may change that. Patients should see positive results within the first month of therapy. After at least 3 months of use, small vessels called “collaterals” may form (this process is also known as arteriogenesis), which provide long term blood flow improvements.
How does it work?
ArtAssist®…The Arterial Assist Device® was developed by vascular surgeons to increase arterial blood flow. It applies a massage-like compression to the foot, ankle and calf with comfortable cuffs to circulate blood flow. There are no known side effects.
This compression regimen simulates the beneficial effects of brisk walking, without pain.
First, the ArtAssist® device compresses the foot and ankle. One second later, the calf is compressed. As a result, the foot, ankle and calf veins are almost completely emptied. In return, the arterial blood is more easily pushed down to the toes and blood-deprived tissues. Because of this mechanism, blood flow to the skin of the feet can be tripled.
A second mechanism of action that accounts for the large blood flow increase involves the endothelium (cells that comprise the lining of all blood vessels). Endothelial cells release important biochemical factors, such as nitric oxide (NO) that help circulate the blood. Since these biochemical factors dissipate after approximately 17 seconds, the device repeats the compression sequence three times per minute. This means that in a one-hour session, the patient’s arteries will be expanded almost 200 times.