Henry Ford Hospital Seeks Heart Patients for Study
DETROIT, MI, Nov 30, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Henry Ford Hospital is seeking patients who have been diagnosed with
heart failure to participate in a clinical study to treat their
condition through nerve stimulation.
"There is a connection between the heart and brain, which we are
learning more and more about," says David Lanfear, M.D., cardiologist
and researcher, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation,
who is leading the study at Henry Ford. "This is a new device that is
the first to treat the heart through nerve stimulation, a completely
Henry Ford is a participant in INOVATE-HF, a global investigational
study to determine the safety and effectiveness of the CardioFit(R)
system for treating heart failure.
CardioFit(R) is an implanted electrical device designed to improve
heart function in patients with heart failure. It works by
stimulating specific nerves that help regulate and reduce stress on
the heart, easing heart failure symptoms and reversing deterioration.
The device is implanted under the skin of the chest and attached to
the heart, like a pacemaker. It is also connected to a nerve in the
neck. Electrical pulses from the device are sent to the nerve, which
sends signals to the heart. The device is programmed by the patient's
physician through a wireless connection, as is done with pacemakers.
"Early experiments with the device show promise of being able to
significantly improve patients' heart function and quality of life
when used with standard treatments, and this trial will tell us
definitively if this is the case," says Dr. Lanfear.
For more information, or for evaluation as a possible candidate to
take part in the study, please call Heart Failure Clinical Trials at
Sally Ann Brown
SOURCE: Henry Ford
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