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New option for heart valve repair offered at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital

TriClip device to repair leaky tricuspid heart valve gets FDA approval
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

A new option for repairing leaky tricuspid heart valves is now being offered at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital.

The TriClip transcatheter system is a minimally invasive therapy to treat patients with severe tricuspid regurgitation without the need for open-heart surgery, Abrazo Health officials tell the Digital Free Press.

Tricuspid regurgitation is a condition where the valve between the two right heart chambers doesn’t close properly, resulting in a backward flow of blood into the right atrium of the heart, according to a press release.

The Abbott TriClip transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) system received FDA approval in April, the release states.

Symptomatic severe tricuspid regurgitation typically impacts older individuals who have multiple co-morbidities, making open-heart surgery a high-risk procedure and resulting in many people going undertreated.

The risks of a leaky tricuspid valve can be substantial: people often develop other conditions such as atrial fibrillation, and heart failure that can ultimately result in death.

“The TriClip system offers a minimally invasive treatment option to help improve quality of life and functional status in patients with symptomatic severe tricuspid regurgitation, despite optimal medical therapy, who are at intermediate or greater risk for surgery,” explained Dr. Timothy Byrne, a structural interventional cardiologist who participated in a clinical trial of the system.

TriClip is delivered to the heart via a catheter inserted through the femoral vein in the leg and works by clipping together a portion of the leaflets of the tricuspid valve to reduce the backflow of blood.

Designed specifically for the right side of the heart and the tricuspid valve’s complex anatomy, the TriClip and steerable guiding catheter systems allow physicians to independently grasp and effectively clip leaflets of the tricuspid valve to reduce the regurgitation.

This approach allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently, officials say.

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