New implant may help diastolic heart patients

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There’s new hope for patients with diastolic heart failure.

Doctors in the U.S. are studying a new implant for the disease.

With this condition, the heart beats normally, but doesn’t relax enough to completely fill with blood between beats.  Eventually, the heart muscles go ridged and the excess blood seeps into the lungs.  That causes breathing problems.

But with this new trial, doctors cut a hole into the heart wall, implanting a device the size of a dime.  This helps divert the blood into the right atrium, relieving pressure on the heart and helping it to function more efficiently.