Ventricular remodeling for enlarged heart due to heart attack

A ventricular remodeling procedure, which involves reshaping of an abnormal heart muscle, is often performed along with coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or mitral valve repair or replacement. Conditions that my require ventricular remodeling including cardiomyopathy, aortic disease, heart attack and heart failure.

People who have had a heart attack, for example, may develop scar tissue that causes the heart’s left ventricle to become enlarged and weak. The heart becomes more rounded (instead of its normal football shape) and is unable to effectively pump blood, which then pools in the lungs and leads to symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. Eventually, the condition may lead to heart failure.

How ventricular remodeling works

Sometimes referred to as the Batista procedure, partial left ventriculectomy, heart reduction surgery, or wedge resection of the heart, ventricular remodeling is a highly calculated procedure in which your surgeon separates healthy heart tissue from scarred tissue, then shapes or “remodels” the healthy tissue around a plastic model. Accurate sizing is ensured, based on your body’s surface area. The goal is to restore the heart to its normal shape using only strong, healthy tissue, which will then contract more effectively and improve the heart’s ability to pump blood.

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