This study will examine whether a baroreflex activation therapy device (a small pacemakers that are helpful in heart failure) is beneficial for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients. For patients who have a baroreflex activation therapy device and LVAD, we assess whether baroreflex activation therapy helps them feel better and have fewer symptoms. We will also look at whether it helps with recovery of their weak heart. Participation in this study will last 6 months and require 3 clinic visits. At each visit, a participant's symptoms will be assessed, they will have pictures of their heart taken to determine function, and bloodwork will be drawn.
This is an early feasibility study to evaluate initial safety, device practicality, and performance of the Edwards APTURE Transcatheter Atrial Shunt System (study device) in subjects with heart failure. The Edwards APTURE Transcatheter Atrial Shunt System is intended for transcatheter treatment of symptomatic left heart failure patients. The Atrial Shunt opens a channel for blood to flow from the higher pressure left atrium to the lower pressure right atrium via the coronary sinus.
Major study activities include 3 right heart catheterizations (RHC) with exercise, a computed tomography (CT) scan with contrast, multiple ultrasounds of the heart, labs, and other assessments. The length of subject participation in the study is 5 years and includes 11 research visits.
The most common risks associated with the research procedure are those related to the right heart catheterization (RHC) and implant procedure. There are no known benefits of the research device. There may be possible benefits from the research procedure including improvement in quality of life or a decrease in the symptoms caused by heart failure.
The information obtained from this study will show how safe and effective this approach is in treating the symptoms of heart failure. Alternative treatment for heart failure depends on the cause, but may include diet and exercise, managing stress, medication (such as medications to treat leg swelling, high blood pressure, or abnormal heart rate), participation in another research study or continuing with current medical therapy.