Spiral Laminar Flow™ – Our Technology
What is SLF™?
Spiral Laminar Flow™ is our technology platform that restores the blood flow pattern through prosthetic grafts to the body’s natural state – spiral flow. Our technology platform is based on a renewed understanding of natural blood flow patterns in the body. Research by Stonebridge and Brophy in 1991 established the prevalence and benefits of spiral flow in the circulatory system but we can also see drawings dating back to Leonardo da Vinci which suggest the spiral flow of blood through the veins and arteries of the heart. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in westernized countries According to the American Heart Association, almost 60 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease and despite recent advances in cardiovascular therapies, it still results in more than one million deaths per year. Our research has shown that products with Spiral Laminar Flow™ technology, can improve patency rates and reduce downstream disease progression. 1. The heart is not a pump: a refutation of the pressure propulsion premise of heart function: Frontier Perspectives, J Center Frontier Sciences Pa.1995: Vol 5(1). Marinelli R, Fuerst B, Zee H, McGinn A, Marinelli W. 2. Spiral laminar flow in arteries?;The Lancet. 1991 Nov 30;338 (8779): pp1360-1. Stonebridge PA, Brophy CM. 3. Spiral laminar flow in vivo. Clin Sci (Lond). 1996 Jul;91(1):17-21. Stonebridge PA, Hoskins PR, Allan PL, Belch JF. 4. Spiral laminar flow in the abdominal aorta: a predictor of renal impairment deterioration in patients with renal artery stenosis? Nephrol Dial Transplant (2004) 19; 1786-1791, Houston JG, Gandy SJ, Milne W, JBC Dick, JJ Belch, Stonebridge PA 5. Two-dimensional flow quantitative MRI of aortic arch blood flow patterns: Effect of age, sex, and presence of carotid atheromatous disease on prevalence of spiral blood flow. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2003 Aug;18(2):169-74. Houston JG, Gandy SJ, Sheppard DG, Dick JB, Belch JJ, Stonebridge PA.