Doctors are to trial a new technique for treating heart failure that involves electrical stimulation.
Heart disease is one of the world's biggest killers and experts have been looking for new ways to treat patients and extend the life expectancy of those suffering from the condition. The new technique that has been developed uses an electrical charge to shrink the heart on the basis that the bigger the heart becomes, the more the patient's condition deteriorates.
Up to 100 patients will be receiving a pacemaker-like device that will be fitted to the vagus nerve as part of clinical trials, it is hoped that if successful the treatment could lead to a better quality of life for thousands of heart disease patients all over the world.
The technique involves electrically stimulating nerves leading up to the heart, with the hope it will reduce and size and improve life expectancy. It has already been trialled on rats and dogs, who were found to have been kept alive longer.
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