Banner Heart Hospital is involved in a research study for a device that may reduce the risk of hospitalization or even death among patients who have heart failure.

The clinical trial, “Inovate-HF,” tests the safety and effectiveness of the implantable, investigational medical device called CardioFit, which is designed to use the stimulation of the vagal nerve to treat patients with heart failure.

Implanted under the skin of the chest, the CardioFit system from BioControl Medical is designed to deliver low-current electrical pulses to activate fibers of the vagal nerve. This nerve, one of 12 specialized nerves in the brain called cranial nerves, is responsible for many automatic functions of some internal organs, including the heart. The nerve plays a major part in controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

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AmeriCorps members boost American Red Cross impact

Alexis Trujillo says she is happiest while helping her community.

That’s why the Phoenix native joined AmeriCorps at the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. She wanted to make the transition into the non-profit field after earning a journalism degree from Arizona State University.

Trujillo, 23, is part of a team of AmeriCorps members who comfort and offer assistance to victims of home fires. Team members also responded during last year’s Colorado floods including finding community partners to provide muck out equipment for clients who needed help cleaning up their homes and looking for Red Cross partners to provide long-term housing. They also did damage assessments and bulk distribution.

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