Striking improvement in a case of reduced ejection fraction heart failure with baroreflex activation therapy

Edoardo Gronda, Gianmaria Brambilla, Eric G. Lovett, Giuseppe Costantino, Dimitrios Georgakpoulos, Emilio Vanoli

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Abstract

A patient experiencing chronic New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction and signs of right ventricular dysfunction is treated with baroreflex activation therapy (BAT). Despite optimal medical therapy, the patient had repeatedly decompensated and was approaching a refractory terminal stage. BAT chronically reduced muscle sympathetic nerve activity and dramatically improved clinical presentation of the patient to NYHA Class I through 12 months of therapy. BAT may hold promise for patients with advanced heart failure and reduced ejection fraction who have exhausted conventional therapy options..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-6
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiology Cases
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Baroreflex
  • Heart failure
  • Non-pharmacologic therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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