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Heart failure has many causes, but it ultimately means a patient loses their quality of life.

Once the disease progresses, there are few treatments but as Vince Sherry reports, a flexible mesh device could help the heart beat better.

Dan Pszczolkowski is a guy who likes to stay busy. But heart failure has forced limits.

Dan says "I enjoy my work and I was, it's, the quality of life's been deteriorating."

Faced with dwindling options, Dan entered a clinical trial for a device that could help his heart beat better.

"‘Cause it was going like this, and their idea is get it like this."

The device is called HeartNet. The idea is to help the heart pump more efficiently by applying gentle pressure.

Dr. Leway Chen, M.D., M.P.H. Says "So this pressure will change the neurohormones and hemodynamics of the whole system, and hopefully things will improve."

The HeartNet is slipped onto the heart through a small incision between the ribs.

Chen says: "It has a delivery arms, and the arms are pulled back and the device then closes up around the heart."

The mesh is made from a stretchy, metal alloy that's responsive to heat.

"Outside the body, when it's cool, it's a little bit larger. When it goes in over the heart, it actually shrinks down and becomes more adherent to the body, to the heart."

And by hugging the heart with his sleeve, the theory is the heart will work better and enlargement will stop.

"The hope with this elastic Paracor device is that you will alter that remodeling and have reverse remodeling and have it actually get better, get smaller, get better function."

And that's the kind of news Dan is hoping for as his healing progresses. This is Vince Sherry reporting.

The HeartNet study is taking place at medical centers across the U.S. and Canada. For study information, go to www.peerless-hf.com.

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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