A new "gadget" to treat heart failure was widely reported in the media today, with the Daily Express claiming that the implant could "revolutionise the treatment of chronic heart failure and save millions of lives". The news was also reported by BBC News and The Daily Telegraph.
The story is based on a press release from the University of Leicester explaining that the device will be fitted for the first time in a UK patient with chronic heart failure today. The new implant stimulates part of the nerve supply to the heart (the vagus nerve), slowing the heart rate and reducing blood pressure. Researchers hope this will help to reduce stress on the heart and alleviate heart failure symptoms.