It has been recently revealed that a team of British surgeons at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, are going to initiate a heart shrinking clinical trial. The experiment is one of a kind, which aims to increase the life expectancy of humans by shrinking the size of heart.
The experiment will be conducted next week in which the size of one of the central nerves of heart will be increased. It will further help in shrinking the size of heart and will help in improving the total life expectancy of heart.
Clinical trial on rats and dogs has already been conducted and the experiment has been successful in increasing their total life expectancy. Dr. Jay Wright, who is a consultant cardiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, said that they are going to fit a device in the vagus nerve and its electrical stimulation will protect the heart from the effect of the hormone adrenaline.
He further affirmed that their aim is to reverse the effect of stretching of heart for a long time. The first patient who will undergo the treatment is Carl Jordan, who himself is paramedic and has suffered many cardiac attacks.
Several heart attacks damaged his heart and have also increased its size. Jordan said that he is quite excited that he is the first person from Liverpool, who will be undergoing this novel procedure. He said that it was quite crucial for him to take this decision, as his heart problem has made him vulnerable.
He was unable to perform daily life activities, and suffered problems while breathing. “Another factor is I have a young family who, although I am the one with the illness, they too are living with it and see every day what it can do to me, so hopefully it will improve my quality of life”, he said.