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Some heart specialists are begin to experiment with a new procedure for treating end stage heart failure cutting away part of the left ventricle to reduce its size

Some heart specialists are begin to experiment with a new procedure for treating end stage heart failure cutting away part of the left ventricle to reduce its size.

The technique, pioneered by Brazilian surgeon RVJ Batista, is controversial to say the least, although he claims he to have successfully treated "many cases" of heart failure.

He bases his technique on Laplace's law (T=P x r) which states that the larger a cavity (r) and the higher the pressure of the fluid it contains (P), the more the tension (T) on the wall.


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