Left Ventricular Remodeling/Surgical Ventricular Restoration

Left ventricular remodeling, also known as surgical ventricular restoration, is a surgery to restore the natural shape of the heart in those who have had a heart attack. This allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently.

Why is left ventricular remodeling performed?

When a heart is healthy, oxygen-rich blood is pumped through the heart to the rest of the body. A heart attack damages heart tissue, usually in the left ventricle (main pumping chamber of the heart) causing a scar. The scar becomes enlarged over time, changing the size and shape of the heart.

The enlarged, deformed heart does not contract correctly and blood pools in the lungs; the weakened heart tissue may even burst. Left ventricular remodeling restores the heart to its normal shape, which allows it to pump blood more efficiently and prevents rupture of the heart.

Why choose Stanford Health Care for left ventricular remodeling?

Stanford's cardiothoracic surgeons are pioneers in restorative techniques for the heart, coupling longstanding experience with innovative approaches.