New Therapeutic Implant Saves Those with Mild to Moderate Heart Failure
November 15, 2010 10:52 AM
comment(s) - last by
Discovery reduces the risk of death associated with heart failure by 24 percent compared to other methods of treatment
Researchers from the
University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)
have conducted one of the most thorough studies on heart failure and concluded that
new therapeutic implants
are capable of strengthening and synchronizing a fading heart beat.
Dr. Anthony Tang and Dr. George Wells, study co-leaders from UOHI, have performed a comprehensive study on heart failure and found that a therapeutic implant could synchronize a fading heart beat, which could help save millions of lives.
Heart failure is the heart's inability to supply sufficient
to meet the needs of the body. More than 500,000 Canadians and five million Americans have heart failure annually, and it has become more common throughout aging communities.
But now, Tang and Wells' new therapeutic
has the potential to reduce the risk of death associated with heart failure by 24 percent compared to previous methods of treatment.
"This kind of device brings the potential to save thousands of lives in Canada alone and offers new hope to so many heart patients and their families," said Tang. "Helping the lower chambers of the heart beat strongly and in unison can improve a person's quality of life, keep them out of the hospital longer and reduce their risk of sudden death."
The clinical trial for the therapeutic implants began in 2003, and consisted of 1,798 patients in 24 different centers in Australia, Canada, Turkey and Europe. The patients were implanted with a miniature defibrillator (ICD) or the new device, which contained insulated wires called leads that transmit electrical impulses and signals to
. The therapy is called cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), and it aims to stimulate and synchronize the heart so it can beat in-sync. Patients were then monitored for a 40-month period.
After the 40-month observation period, Tang and Wells found that patients with CRT lived longer and were less likely to have to visit the hospital for a worsening condition than those without CRT. The therapy is available to those with mild to moderate
, and is the first to study the survival rates and specific benefits of CRT along with an ICD.
"This trial represents a tremendous research success for cardiovascular scientists and demonstrates the importance of clinical evaluative research," said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. "We congratulate the Heart Institute for its efforts, which will lead to better health outcomes and longer lives for heart patients."
was published in
The New England Journal of Medicine
on November 14.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
11/16/2010 12:20:15 AM
This isn't new. I've been implanting "CRT" (Bi ventricular pacers and ICD's) for nearly a decade. Its VERY common here in the states.
RE: Not new
11/16/2010 10:03:52 AM
Do you find coupling it with additional devices/treatments provides even further, added benefit?
RE: Not new
11/16/2010 11:42:54 PM
Canadia is a little behind on medicine. However, they have caught up to us with regards to wheel shape now, having finally done away with square wheels.
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
Researchers Directly Convert Human Skin Cells into Blood Stem Cells
November 8, 2010, 12:52 PM
UW Researchers Develop First Implantable Device for Meniere's Disease Patients
October 21, 2010, 10:19 AM
Fifteen-Year-Old Boy is First Child to Receive Permanent Artificial Heart
October 4, 2010, 9:37 AM
Damaged Hearts Repaired With "Glowing" Firefly Stem Cells
September 29, 2010, 1:39 PM
Creationists are Mad About Google Doodle Depicting Evolution
November 24, 2015, 8:48 PM
DHS and TSA: Whoops, We Missed That 73 Airport Employees May be Terrorists
November 19, 2015, 2:16 PM
Star Wars Spinoff Film "Rogue One", Theme Park Attractions Announced
August 17, 2015, 12:20 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9's Seventh Supply Mission to ISS Ends w/ Fiery Stage 1 Explosion
June 28, 2015, 1:10 PM
Cool Science Video: Glowing Millipede Prowls the Nevada Desert
May 18, 2015, 12:00 PM
Newly Discovered Costa Rican Glass Frog is Kermit's Doppelgänger
April 22, 2015, 11:26 AM
Most Popular Articles
Top 5 Smart Watches
July 21, 2016, 11:48 PM
Free Windows 10 offer ends July 29th, 2016: 10 Reasons to Upgrade Immediately
July 22, 2016, 9:19 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information