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AGH Cardiovascular Team Explores Implantable Device Designed to Treat Congestive Heart Failure
Date:10/22/2013

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is enrolling patients in a landmark clinical trial to explore the use of a promising investigational technology designed to treat congestive heart failure by stimulating the body’s natural mechanism for blood pressure regulation.

The Barostim HOPE4HF clinical trial will evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Barostim neo, a second generation implantable device that electrically activates the baroreceptors, the body’s natural blood pressure sensors that regulate heart function. The system is designed to signal the brain to relax the arteries to facilitate blood flow, slow the heart allowing more time for it to fill with blood, and prompt the kidneys to reduce fluid in the body, reducing the heart’s workload. This, in turn, is designed to improve heart function and reduce heart failure symptoms.

“Barostim Therapy initially was studied in more than 500 patients with excellent results,” said Srinivas Murali, MD, Director of Allegheny General’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Director of the hospital’s Cardiovascular Institute. “With a new system that’s smaller and more easily placed, we hope to see even further improved patient outcomes.”

Perfecting a device that can help the heart work more efficiently would be an important advance for the 5.1 million adults living with heart failure in the US. Statistics show that 670,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and more than 277,000 people die annually of the disease. In western Pennsylvania and in the rest of the country, heart failure is the lead
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