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Surgical Ventricular Restoration (SVR) is a surgical option for heart failure patients. If you have heart failure and have
suffered a previous heart attack, you may be a candidate for Surgical Ventricular Restoration.

In most patients, heart attacks occur in the left ventricle, causing a scar to develop and the muscle wall to thin. In some
patients, this area begins to dilate and enlarge, causing the pumping action of the heart to become inefficient.

The heart is naturally shaped like an ellipse, somewhat like a football. The SVR procedure restores the dilated left
ventricle to a more normal elliptical anatomy, greatly improving the pumping action of the heart.

Thousands of patients are enjoying an improved quality of life after having SVR surgery.


Ken's Story
What is Heart Failure?
Heart Failure Symptoms
What Causes Heart Failure?
Diagnosis of Heart Failure

Treatment Options for Heart Failure
Surgical Ventricular Restoration (SVR) Procedure Description
How do I know if I am a candidate for SVR?
What questions should I ask my doctor?


Ken Saler


Ken was only 53 when he found himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant. Then, his doctor evaluated him for the
SVR procedure that corrected the shape of his heart. Now, Ken is once again able to enjoy his work, his hobbies, and
time with his children without constant fatigue. Click here to read Ken's story.


What is Heart Failure?
Heart Failure is a condition or set of symptoms in which the heart can no longer pump
enough blood to meet the demands required by the rest of the body. This can cause fluid
build-up in the lungs, legs and other tissues in the body.




Heart Failure Symptoms


Patients may experience all or some of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of ankles, legs, feet and/or abdomen
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Coughing when lying down
  • Sudden weight changes - either gaining or losing weight
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory problems

What Causes Heart Failure?


Heart failure develops over time, as the result of some type of injury to the heart or from an untreated disease such as high
blood pressure or diabetes. Some of the primary causes of heart failure are:

  • Previous heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with heart valves
  • Heart muscle disease

Diagnosis of Heart Failure



A physician may use any of the following tools to diagnose heart failure:

  • Cardiac MRI
  • Chest x-ray
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Echocardiogram
  • Angiogram
  • Ventriculogram



Treatment Options for Heart Failure 

Lifestyle Changes
Including: smoking cessation, losing weight, improving diet or exercise

Heart Medications
Including: ACE Inhibitors, Beta Blockers, Diuretics, Blood Thinners, Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker, Calcium Channel
Blockers, Potassium or Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

Cardiac Procedures
Including: Angioplasty, PCI or Balloon Therapy, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Surgical Ventricular Restoration (SVR), Biventricular Pacing, Left Ventricular Assist Device implantation or heart transplantation

Rhythm Therapies
Including: Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) or Defibrillator implantation

Surgical Ventricular Restoration (SVR) Procedure Description  


SVR is a procedure that is a proven, safe and effective treatment for patients suffering from heart failure caused
by a previous heart attack. The goal of Surgical Ventricular Restoration is to restore the damaged left ventricle to its
more normal elliptical anatomy.


How do I know if I'm a candidate for SVR? 


You may be a candidate for SVR if you have previously had a heart attack and have coronary artery disease or you are
experiencing any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath during physical activity, feeling tired or weak, or having
difficulty performing everyday activities. For more information, ask your doctor.


What questions should I ask my doctor ?

If you are suffering from the symptoms of heart failure, you may want to ask your doctor
the following questions 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?



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