Left Ventricular Remodeling / Surgical Ventricular Restoration

What is left ventricular remodeling?

Left ventricular remodeling is a surgery to restore the natural shape of the heart in those who have had a heart attack. This allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently.

Why is left ventricular remodeling performed?

When a heart is healthy, oxygen-rich blood is pumped through the heart to the rest of the body. A heart attack damages heart tissue, usually in the left ventricle (main pumping chamber of the heart) causing a scar. The scar becomes enlarged over time, changing the size and shape of the heart.

The enlarged, deformed heart does not contract correctly and blood pools in the lungs; the weakened heart tissue may even burst. Left ventricular remodeling restores the heart to its normal shape, which allows it to pump blood more efficiently and prevents rupture of the heart.

How is left ventricular remodeling performed?

During surgery, a patch is inserted to separate the dead tissue from healthy heart muscle and to bring the heart back to its correct shape. The patch is made of a synthetic material called Dacron, which is also used to make fabrics and replacements for the aorta, the main artery leading out of the heart. The dead tissue is not removed; the patch simply isolates it from the functioning heart muscle. The remodeled heart cavity is smaller and more powerful.

Why choose Stanford Hospital & Clinics for left ventricular remodeling?

Stanford's cardiothoracic surgeons are pioneers in restorative techniques for the heart, coupling longstanding experience with innovative approaches.

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