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Baptist Cardiovascular Services Introduces New Technology for Congestive Heart Failure Treatment
Date:11/23/2009

Baptist Cardiovascular Services, a division of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., is proud to announce the addition of Aquapheresis Therapy using the Aquadex FlexFlow to its latest advancement in the treatment of patients with fluid overload – helping patients and clinicians breathe easier.

Jackson, Miss. (Vocus) November 23, 2009 -- For heart failure patients suffering from fluid overload, time is of the essence. Excess fluid builds up in various locations in a patient’s body and eventually, can lead to a reduction in the amount of oxygen entering the blood causing shortness of breath and discomfort. Baptist Cardiovascular Services, a division of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., is proud to announce the addition of Aquapheresis Therapy using the Aquadex FlexFlow to its latest advancement in the treatment of patients with fluid overload – helping patients and clinicians breathe easier.

Fluid overload refers to a condition in which excess salt and water accumulates throughout a patient's body. In fact, this excess fluid is what puts the "congestive" in congestive heart failure and is the cause of the most obvious and common symptoms seen. An inefficient heart can lead to a buildup of excess fluid, which accumulates in the lungs, liver and extremities, causing shortness of breath, decreased function of vital organs and swelling of the extremities.

CHF is a condition that affects approximately five million Americans and is responsible for one million annual hospitalizations. This surpasses the number of hospitalizations due to all forms of cancer and heart attacks combined. More than 500,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed each year. The estimated economic burden of heart failure care
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