A man from Whitehall, Ohio is the first in the United States (US) to receive a new treatment designed to remove excess fluid from hospitalized patients who have congestive heart failure (CHF). The procedure was performed last week at The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Ohio State is the first institution to conduct the procedure and, with Advocate Christ Hospital in Chicago, is one of only two test sites in the US.
In the study, researchers examined the safety and feasibility of inserting a catheter that was designed to remove excess fluid from the lymphatic system. Lymphatic vessels help remove fluid from tissues and return it to the body’s circulation system, researchers explained. This excess fluid is then eliminated by the kidneys. The lymphatic system typically drains up to two gallons of fluid per day. In acute CHF, this process is restricted, allowing fluid build-up, or edema, to occur in the lungs and other areas of the body. Edema is a major symptom in heart failure, and this novel therapy was created to treat one of the underlying causes.
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