Frequently Asked Questions

What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive Heart Failure results from an enlargement (dilation) of the left ventricle or the main pumping chamber of the heart and a loss of the heart's effective pumping action. There are two types of heart failure. The first type involves an overall dilation of the left ventricle. This type of heart failure is typically not caused by a heart attack. The second type involves a more localized dilation and is caused by a heart attack that results in death of an area of heart tissue called the myocardium.

What are the symptoms of Heart Failure?
Some of the symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, fatigue or weakness, persistent coughing or wheezing, swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet, lack of appetite, confused thinking, and increased or irregular heartbeat.

What tests will the doctor want to perform?
To diagnose congestive heart failure your physician will use one of many diagnostic tests including a chest x-ray, electrocardiogram, and echocardiogram. If you are diagnosed with congestive heart failure associated with coronary artery disease, an angiogram, ventriculogram, or cardiac MRI may be performed. The angiogram produces images of your coronary arteries while the ventriculogram shows the shape and strength of your left ventricle. A cardiac MRI shows the viability of the heart muscle and how well the ventricle is functioning.

What is Surgical Ventricular Restoration (SVR)?
The Surgical Ventricular Restoration (SVR®) procedure is a proven, safe and effective treatment for patients suffering from Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) caused by a previous heart attack. The goal of the SVR is resize and reshape the damaged and enlarged left ventricle. Surgeons performing the SVR procedure use the patient’s height, weight and BSA (body surface area) to accurately calculate the patient's left ventricle size and shape. Then they use a device called the Mannequin, to maintain proper alignment, and to accurately size and shape the left ventricle to every patient’s unique size and shape.

How do I know if I am a candidate for SVR?
If you have previously had a heart attack or have coronary artery disease and are experiencing shortness of breath during physical activity, feeling tired or weak, and having difficulty performing everyday activities you may be a candidate for SVR Surgical Ventricular Restoration. Ask your doctor for more information.

What questions should I ask my physician?
If you are suffering from the symptoms of congestive heart failure, you may want to ask your doctor about new options to find out if SVR can help improve your quality of life.

  • Have I had a heart attack?
  • Do I have a dilated left ventricle?
  • How can surgery improve my quality of life?
  • Can you explain the surgery?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What should I expect after surgery?