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The risks associated with the device are low and are likely attributable to the insertion process rather than the shunt itself, making the device a relatively safe alternative for heart failure patients.

New interatrial shunt device holds promise for heart failure patients

A new device developed by two heart device manufacturers — called the interatrial shunt — is currently being tested in clinical trials at several sites nationwide, including at U.Va. Health. If the results of the trial prove promising, these devices could help ease symptoms in heart failure patients and increase their quality of life.