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Stocking helps weak hearts pump blood

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posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 05:27 PM
"NEW ORLEANS - A polyester mesh stocking pulled up over the wide bottom of a weak heart can help it pump better and even shrink back to a more normal size, a study found.

About 150 heart failure patients who got this novel and incredibly simple device felt better, were less likely to need heart transplants or other operations, and improved in other ways when compared with people who did not get the fabric wrap."

"There was a 75 percent overall improvement. It is a sort of breakthrough technology," said Dr. Douglas Mann, the Baylor College of Medicine cardiologist who led the study and reported results Sunday at an American Heart Association conference.

75% improvement?? This is good news for all those people with heart problems, which is a lot of people.



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