Carilion in vanguard on life-saving heart study

New device could help thousands suffering from heart failure.
Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 5:05 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Carilion doctors are about to be some of the first in the nation to test a new-life saving device.

The device, called the AccuCinch Ventricular Restoration System, is designed to help people with heart failure. It’s inserted into a patient’s heart, and, according to Carilion doctors, works something like a belt inside the heart, making it pump blood more efficiently.

“It has a bunch of anchors that go inside the diolated weak pump, and pulls the whole entire pump in, so it gives it a better geometry for pumping blood,” said Dr. Jason Foerst, who will be the first doctor in the country to enroll a patient in the clinical trial, according to Carilion.

If successful, Dr. Foerst says this device could help thousands of people in our area each year.

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