This video focuses on a new way to help those who need a heart transplant without giving them the actual transplant.
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Jennifer Matthews: Every day, Rae Orvis takes her cat -- Trysdodd -- for a walk. Rae Orvis: Trysdodd means second chance because she was found in a gas station weighing approximately a pound. Jennifer Matthews: After a recent heart attack, Rae feels like she's been given a second chance, too. Rae Orvis: I think of myself kind of like a car. You have things that go wrong, you get them fixed, and then the car goes on. Jennifer Matthews: This is what fixed Rae's failing heart. It's called the geo-form ring because it actually changes the heart's geometry. Dr. Steven F. Bolling: The heart, which is normally about the size and shape of a football, turns into a very round basketball. Whatever our therapy is has to change that back to a football. Jennifer Matthews: That's exactly what the ring does. Doctor Bolling says it's the only device that shapes the heart and stops the valve from leaking. Surgeons place the titanium ring inside the heart to tighten the pumping chamber. Doctor Bolling has performed the procedure on about 40 patients and all have improved. Dr. Steven F. Bolling: We've changed the shape back to normal. That, in turn, helps these patients live a much better life. Jennifer Matthews: Rae can vouch for that. Rae Orvice: This car was running on no warranty, and now, I got my warranty renewed, and here we go again. Jennifer Matthews: Now, Rae and Trysdodd can enjoy all of life's little adventures. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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