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Biotech Innovations
November 13, 2018

Device Reduces Heart Failure Hospitalizations and Deaths

JAMA. 2018;320(18):1830. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17020

Patients with heart failure may develop secondary mitral regurgitation, in which a dysfunctional heart valve allows blood to leak back into the organ’s left atrium and the lungs, further worsening the condition. Some patients remain symptomatic despite receiving maximal heart failure therapies.

A transcatheter mitral-valve repair device from Abbott called the MetrClip may one day be a new option for these patients. In a percutaneous procedure, the device is passed from a vein in the leg to the mitral valve, where it’s used to clip the tips of the valve’s flaps together to reduce the amount of blood leakage.