The 10F-Reitan Catheter Pump (10F-RCP) is a short term intra-aortic percutaneous circulatory support device which is inserted through a 10F sheath in the femoral artery.


The closed pump head at the tip of the catheter is advanced up to the descending aorta. Once in position the protective cage is opened and the propeller arms are unfolded. The 10F-RCP’s mode of action is that of an axial flow pump where flow and pressure are functions of the rotational speed.

The 10F-RCP is accelerating the intra-aortic blood flow. Blood pressure in the aortic arch is decreased, whereas blood pressure in the abdominal aorta is increased the physiological pulsatility remains unchanged.

As a result the 10F-RCP creates a difference of approximately 10 mmHg between femoral and radial blood pressure. The reduced pressure in the aortic arch – known as afterload reduction – decreases the work load for the impaired left ventricle and thus enables the heart to gradually increase the cardiac output.

The clinical effects of enhanced kidney function – based on improved pressure and flow in the abdominal aorta – can be observed as an increase in urine output


and decongestion of acute decompensated heart failure patients. The 10F-RCP addresses the two major issues of acute decompensated heart failure: declining renal and cardiac function also known as cardio-renal syndrome. The afterload reduction ultimately results in an increased cardiac output.

The increased perfusion improves the kidney function. The 10F-RCP facilitates excess fluid removal so a further decompensation may be prevented.


The supportive effect of the 10F-RCP is twofold and can help to restore the acute decompensated heart failure patient to a stable level.

Medical Need

Acute Heart Failure & Renal Impairment

‘The majority of patients admitted with acute decompensated heart failure have significant renal impairment, which influences treatment and outcomes.’

Thomas Heywood et al; J Cardiac Fail 2007;13:422e430


Acute Heart Failure & Renal Impairment

‘The glomerular filtration rate is reduced in most patients with heart failure, especially if advanced, and renal function is a powerful independent predictor of prognosis in heart failure.’

ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure 2012, European Heart Journal (2012) 33, 1787–1847

Acute Heart Failure & Renal Impairment

‘Persistence of congestion during hospitalisation is the most important prognostic factor associated with poor prognosis and outcome.’


Marco Metra et al, Circ Heart Fail. 2012;5:54-61

Acute Heart Failure & Renal Impairment

‘…24% of hospitalized for heart failure patients randomized in the United States were readmitted within 30 days of discharge despite the fact that the majority were treated with evidence-based treatments and had early postdischarge visits.’


Mihai Gheorghiade et al., JACC Vol. 61, No. 4, 2013: 391–403