While a new device has been implanted in 32 people in Europe to treat their heart failure as part of a trial, a patient is to become the first to receive the same in the UK when the procedure finishes sometime in the midday, as revealed in a recent report.
It has been found that the nerve-simulating device is just similar to a pacemaker. And though, similar implants have also been put to trials in Bristol and Liverpool. The one being used now only focuses at signals going to the heart unlike the ones in other studies that also look at signals from heart to the brain.
The team from the British Heart Foundation says that the pioneering device can be easily implanted to the vagus nerve. The nerve is that part of the nervous system, the report finds in the meanwhile, which runs down the neck’s right side between heart and the brain. Also, it was extremely important to have one such implant as above 750,000 UK residents tend to suffer heart failure each year.
"This study could transform heart failure treatment and support the use of the innovative therapy over and above tablets for standard heart failure treatment", cardiologist Dr. Andre Ng treating the patient at Glenfield Hospital thus said.
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