June 09, 2021
The Medical Center of Aurora’s Heart and Vascular Center, part of HealthONE, is proud of be the first hospital in Colorado to offer patients cardiac contractility modulations (CCM), the newest technology to treat heart failure.
This innovative technology is an implantable device that improves heart function and reduces symptoms associated with heart failure, including shortness of breath and exhaustion. CCM therapy delivers timed electrical pulses to the heart that are intended to improve the heart’s ability to contract and deliver oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
“Cardiac contractility modulation helps patients when medication just isn’t enough to improve heart failure symptoms,” says Dr. Christopher Porterfield, a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at The Medical Center of Aurora. “We are thrilled to offer this new treatment to support our patients who suffer from complex cardiovascular disease.”
Traditional cardiac implants like pacemakers correct a heart’s rhythm and synchronize contractions to help improve cardiac performance with patients who are in heart failure. However, CCM helps boost the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body.
Heart failure impacts more than 6 million adults in the United States. Strong candidates for CCM therapy are those who:
- Have been diagnosed with heart failure
- Taking medication to improve heart failure symptoms
- Unable to do everyday activities without: breathing difficulty, fatigue, and swelling