New device for leaking heart valve treatment

If you keep up with all the latest medical equipment being developed, you'll know it's rather impressive. A new product that has recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the MitraClip, by Abbott Vascular.

About the device
Abbott's MitraClip has been created to aid patients who are suffering from mitral regurgitation (MR), which comes along with debilitating symptoms.1 This product is the first of its kind, and is a great new advancement in treatment options for those with MR. As it has been approved by the FDA, it is clear that this product maintains a positive safety profile. Other beneficial attributes include favorable left ventricular remodeling and reduction in mitral regurgitation. The MitraClip will improve symptoms being experienced by patients along with reducing the number of hospitalizations due to heart failure for those with MR. This is possible, because the MitraClip stops heart valve leaking in patients who are unable to have their valves repaired through surgery.

FDA approval
According to a statement released by Reuters, MitraClip could be a $500 million product. Nearly one in 10 people who are 75 years and older are affected by MR.2 With the aging population the U.S. is experiencing, there's a good chance that these numbers will increase as the Baby Boomer generation reaches their senior years. And although the device has just been approved in the U.S., it has been in use in Europe since 2008. Overseas, sales have increased about 50 percent since the MitraClip's introduction in the world of health care. Locally, 50 medical facilities have experience with the device thanks to clinical trials that have been conducted. John Capek, head of medical devices with Abbott, estimates that there are 20,000 to 30,000 patients in the U.S. who will qualify for implantation of the MitraClip.

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1 Abbott Vascular, "MitraClip percutaneous mitral valve repair system"
2 Reuters, "FDA approves Abbott device for leaking heart valve" October 25, 2013

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