Nerve-stimulating device to alleviate heart failure symptoms?

24 August 2012

Scientists have come up with a nerve-stimulating device which will be used to tackle heart failure.

Researchers at the University of Leicester are set to perform the first operation to treat heart failure using the device in the UK.

The implantable device functions by activating a certain part of the nervous system known as the 'parasympathetic' nerves in a bid to cut stress on the heart.

Through stimulating the vagus nerve on the right side of the neck, it is believed the treatment could eliminate heart failure symptoms.

British Heart Foundation associate medical director Professor Jeremy Pearson explained: "This new procedure uses an implantable device to stimulate the vagus nerve in order to ‘calm’ the heart and could help patients who are responding poorly to current treatment.

"This is the first large trial to test if the treatment really works and we look forward to seeing the results, which may help thousands of people."

Posted by Philip Briggs


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