For people living with heart failure, simple tasks can quickly become a daunting challenge. Lifestyle modifications and medications are often used to help control symptoms, but a reliable treatment wasn’t available until now.
New research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting, found that patients who had a small clip surgically placed on their mitral valve had a higher quality of life and lower mortality.
During the procedure, physicians such as Dr. Williams run a catheter through the patient’s blood vessels to the heart. With imaging guidance, the catheter is advanced to the mitral valve. A device called the MitraClip® is deployed to clip the two flaps of the valve together, offering an important, minimally invasive surgical option for patients with heart failure.
Read more from The New York Times.