Device implant recovers health of Twisp man

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Device implant recovers health of Twisp man

June 6, 2018

Heart failure had led the patient to expect to die last fall, he said. 

In April, Ed Ward, 74, became the first patient on the West Coast to receive a test device implanted in his heart to reduce the symptoms of heart failure. Dr. Creighton Don, Ward's  cardiologist at UW Medicine in Seattle, says his patient was doing well at 30 days after the procedure. 

Don is leading the cardiac program's participation in a national clinical trial of a device that wraps around the mitral valve and tightens, like a belt, enabling the valve to close fully and halting the condition that had severely sapped Ward's energy. "It's nice to have full breaths," Ward said.