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Carilion cardiologist first in US to enroll patient in national heart failure clinical trial

Original Article: https://www.wfxrtv.com/news/local-news/roanoke-valley-news/carilion-cardiologist-first-in-us-to-enroll-patient-in-national-heart-failure-clinical-trial/

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A structural cardiologist from Carilion Clinic is the first healthcare provider in the U.S. to participate in a national cardiovascular clinical trial by enrolling a patient in the program.

According to a statement released by Carilion Clinic on Tuesday, Feb. 16, Dr. Jason Foerst is the first provider in the country to enroll a patient in “The CORCINCH-HF” study, a groundbreaking heart failure clinical trial.

Health officials say the research allows Carilion to offer alternatives for patients who have complex heart failure conditions.

“The goal of the study is to explore AccuCinch Ventricular Restoration System as a potential treatment option for heart failure patients who have symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue and swelling because the left ventricle of the heart is not functioning properly,” Carilion Clinic said.

You can watch a video explaining the technology below:

“The device acts as a belt inside the muscle of the heart to tighten it up where it is abnormally dilated,” said Dr. Foerst.

At this time, Carilion says there are no other available treatments for this complex heart failure condition. In addition, Carilion’s Cardiovascular Institute is one of a few select sites in the nation to participate. 

This is reportedly one of several cardiovascular trials in which Carilion Clinic is currently participating.

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