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Hendrick enrolls three patients for heart failure clinical trial

Hendrick enrolls three patients for heart failure clinical trial

Hendrick Health has enrolled three patients, one of which was the first in the nation, for the ALLAY-HF clinical study to alleviate heart failure symptoms. One of the three patients has already met the eligibility criteria and has undergone the blinded procedure to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the Alleviant System for the treatment of chronic heart failure through left atrial decompression. The second and third patient are currently working through the eligibility screening process.

In March, Hendrick became the first study site in the country to be initiated for this global clinical trial to evaluate safety and efficacy of Alleviant’s No-Implant Interatrial Shunt Creation. The study targets patients suffering from heart failure with preserved (HFpEF) or mildly reduced (HFmrEF) ejection fraction who have heart failure symptoms despite appropriate medical therapy.

“Many heart failure patients are left without options if they do not experience relief of their symptoms after significant lifestyle changes and complex medication regimens,” said Dr. Mark Lawrence, interventional cardiologist at Hendrick Health. “We are excited to explore the potential of percutaneous left atrial decompression to give these patients a chance at a better quality of life without the risk of leaving an implant behind in the heart.”

The clinical trial is double-blinded and randomized, which means neither the participants nor the researchers (physicians) know if the patients have or have not received the interventional treatment until the clinical trial ends. This makes the results less likely to be biased or be affected by factors not related to what is being tested.

The investigational medical device is delivered through a single minimally- invasive procedure without leaving a permanent implant behind. The procedure creates a connection between the left and right atrial chambers of the heart and is intended to reduce excess pressure buildup within the heart, which may reduce symptoms of heart failure such as shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness and swelling in the legs or belly.

For more information on ALLAY-HF clinical trial eligibility, visit

Photo of Hendrick Health's team for the ALLAY-HF clinical trial.