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Surgery to reshape heart found ineffective

Posted on Jun 21, 2009 in Health & Wellness

Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:15am EDTBOSTON (Reuters) – A controversial operation that folds the scarred portion of a damaged heart in on itself to get it to beat more effectively offers no real benefit to most patients, researchers reported on Sunday. The operation, known as ventricular reconstruction, is designed to help people with heart failure, a condition that affects about 5 million in the United States alone and often occurs after tissue is damaged by a heart attack. Generally, the heart tries to compensate for the damage by getting larger, but it also pumps far less efficiently. Doctors...

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