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A team of doctors at a Sapporo hospital has for the first time performed a new type of surgery to help restore the heart functions of patients suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, which often causes heart failure, said the doctor who led the surgery.

The doctors at the Sapporo hospital run by NTT East Corp. recently operated on a 62-year-old Sapporo man who was suffering from the disorder, which caused his left ventricle to swell and his heart muscles to shrink and weaken, said Yoshiro Matsui, the head of the hospital’s cardiac surgery department.

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