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(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2004/0167374 Al
Schweich et al. (43) Pub. Date: Aug. 26,2004
(54) HEART WALL TENSION REDUCTION APPARATUS AND METHOD
(75) Inventors: Cyril Schweich, Maple Grove, MN
(US); Todd Mortier, Minneapolis, MN
Susanne T. Jones
FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW,
GARRETT & DUNNER, L.L.P.
1300 I Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3315 (US)
(73) Assignee: Myocor, Inc.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/778,176
(22) Filed: Feb. 17, 2004
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Int. CI.7 A61F 2 00
U.S. CI 600/16; 600/37
An apparatus for treatment ol a lailing heart by reducing the wall tension therein. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a tension member lor drawing at least two walls ol a heart chamber toward each other. Methods lor placing the apparatus on the heart are also provided.