A novel Electro-Active Polymers technology applied to a smart stocking that mimics rhythmic calf muscle contractions and stimulates the blood flow.
Venous and lymphatic diseases such as Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and Lymphedema affect a large population worldwide. Age, gender, heredity, pregnancy and lifestyle are all contributing factors, especially growing elderly and diabetic populations, in the incidence of venous diseases. Pain, mobility difficulties, reduced self-esteem, social isolation, inability to work, altered body image and depression all affect the quality of life of people suffering from such diseases. Annually, there are approximately 10 million cases of VTE worldwide. In addition to the physical burden, venous and lymphatic diseases cause significant global economic burden.
Compression therapy is based on a mechanical principle of applying a constant or intermittent pressure on the lower limbs using a wearable sleeve or stocking. Despite the many treatment options available, the market is suffering from a low compliance rate and continues to seek innovative solutions that will reduce patient discomfort, decrease hospitalisation, and improve quality of life.
Active compression devices for preventing and treating venous and lymphatic diseases are complex, bulky, noisy and expensive. ElastiMed Ltd. is developing ComFyt, a unique, easy-to-wear stocking using innovative smart material technology that continuously massage the limbs. Straps of Electro-Active Polymers (EAP) mimic natural rhythmic calf muscle contractions when stimulated by an electric pulse, giving effective active compression treatment for venous and lymphatic diseases and eliminating the discomfort and the difficulties of traditional compression stockings.
The combination of low-cost materials and high control level enables ComFyt to provide patients with a highly effective and affordable treatment option that is easy to wear and maintains patient’s normal lifestyle.