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.
Abbasi J. Device Reduces Heart Failure Hospitalizations and Deaths. JAMA. 2018;320(18):1830. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17020
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