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What is cardiomyoplasty?

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  • Cardiomyoplasty is an experimental procedure in which skeletal muscles are taken from a patient's back or abdomen and wrapped around an ailing heart. This added muscle, aided by ongoing stimulation from a device similar to a pacemaker, may boost the heart's pumping motion. Recent research suggests that it may not be as effective as originally hoped.

  • ARamon Anastacio, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered on behalf of Carolinas HealthCare System
    Cardiomyoplasty is an investigational surgical treatment for heart failure that involves taking muscles from the person's back or abdomen and wrapping them around the heart. Its goal is to increase the heart's pumping power.
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