Doctors say a dime-sized device could be a potential breakthrough for the nearly two million Americans with severe heart failure.
Doctors used the “Mitra-Clip” as part of a large clinical trial to repair damaged heart valves in patients who could not tolerate open heart surgery.
The less invasive procedure is done by inserting a catheter into the heart to implant the device on the patient’s mitral-valve.
It has significantly reduced death rates in patients with severe heart failure.
“The people who have undergone that procedure have all done very well,” says Dr. Jeremiah Depta, director of the Structural Heart Disease Program. “They feel better after the procedure and have really given them an option when they really didn’t have options, because we were primarily performing on those people who didn’t have any options for surgery.”
The clip stops the mitral valve from leaking, improving the efficiency of the patient’s heart. This reduces the risk of death and improves quality of life.