Clinical trial in Rochester could change the lives of 26M people with chronic heart failure

July 11, 2019 05:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A procedure done in Rochester might change the lives of the 26 million people globally who are suffering from chronic heart failure. 

The V-Wave is a tiny implant designed to regulate left atrial pressure. It serves as a pressure overload valve by diverting a small portion of blood flow from the left atrium to the right atrium.


It's designed for people like Logan Goldinger. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in September.  

He had a triple bypass, but still has hard time breathing because of the fluid pressure buildup in his lungs.  

On Wednesday, he became the first patient in the northeast to enroll in the clinical trial and have the V-Wave implanted to see if it can relieve his symptoms.  

"If what I had done yesterday gives them the information they need to save a child, your parents, my parents, anybody else tomorrow, I'm glad to do it. I mean, yeah, I've got a lot of new things I've got to learn but they tell me it shouldn't really change my life a whole lot as far as what I can do and what I can't do," said Goldinger.

Goldinger says he feels well following the procedure.  His doctors say the surgery went well and he will likely go home Thursday. 

Now, the world waits to see if this device is a game changer.


Jennifer Mobilia

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