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Device Tested for Heart Failure

Dr. Patrick Cambier, an interventional cardiologist with Morton Plant Mease Hospital in Clearwater, is one of the investigators in a clinical trial that tests an experimental therapy for congestive heart failure. 

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the Parachute Ventricular Partitioning Device is threaded through a puncture in the groin and up through a blood vessel to the left ventricle of the heart, then opens like an upside-down umbrella. Of the 15 sites for the clinical trial, Morton Plant is the only one in Florida.

Carol Gentry, founder and special correspondent of Health News Florida, has four decades of experience covering health finance and policy, with an emphasis on consumer education and protection.