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A method for treating cardiac disease includes accessing a heart and restricting a blood supply to the heart to reduce a size of the heart. A constraining device is placed on the heart. The constraining device is secured to the heart with the constraining device having portions disposed on opposite sides of the heart to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart during diastole and permit unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole. Access to the heart is closed while leaving the constraining device in place on the heart.

Title
Cardiac constraint with prior venus occlusion methods
Application Number
9/193260
Publication Number
6230714 (B1)
Application Date
November 18, 1998
Publication Date
May 15, 2001
Inventor
James Edward Shapland
Vadnais Heights
MN, US
Donald F Palme
Princeton
MN, US
Clifton A Alferness
Redmond
WA, US
Agent
Merchant & Gould P C
US
Assignee
Acorn Cardiovascular
MN, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
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