Can Electricity Shrink Human Heart?

by Kathy Jones on  April 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM Clinical Trials News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
A trial to assess whether electricity can be used to shrink the heart of patients suffering from heart disease is being undertaken by Brit scientists.

The procedure will reduce the size of the heart and improve life expectancy.
 Can Electricity Shrink Human Heart?
Can Electricity Shrink Human Heart?
Advertisement

The technique involves electrically stimulating nerves leading up to the heart. The experiment has been done on rats and dogs, who were found to have been kept alive longer, the Telegraph reported.

Advertisement
The first human patient will be operated on im May by surgeons at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and The Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Heart failure affects nearly one million people in Britain.

The surgeons will fit a device similar to a pacemaker to the vagus nerve which runs to the heart. The electrical stimulation should protect the heart from the effects of the hormone adrenaline, they said.

Jay Wright, a consultant cardiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, told BBC: "We're hoping it will shrink the heart, but it might not be to normal size."

Shrinkage "would lead to improvement in symptoms. We know that the bigger the heart the worse the symptoms," he said.

Around 100 patients will take part in the trial at 30 hospitals around the world, the report said.

The first will be Carl Jordan, a former paramedic. He has had several heart attacks which have damaged his heart, causing it to become enlarged.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions
Advertisement

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive