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Medtronic heart valve repair ‘advances heart surgery’

21st May 2008

Medtronic says that a heart valve repair product it is launching will lower mortality rates and could mean shorter hospital stays.

Its Profile 3D Annuloplasty Ring, based on the shape and size of the mitral annulus, will be used by heart surgeons to repair, rather than replace, a faulty mitral valve.

Michael Acker, chief of the Cardiac Surgery Division of the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania, said that this annuloplasty ring, which emulated the natural shape of the mitral, was a necessary step forward.

“With designs that replicate natural mitral geometry we would expect to see natural valve dynamics and the potential for increased durability in the repaired heart valve,” he added.

The company cited data from the Health Research International, which indicate the number of people undergoing mitral valve repair in the US is growing by 8.6 per cent annually.

In a UK study of 449 people, the procedure was successful in 318 out of the 327 patients whose valve was repaired and in all 122 patients whose valve was replaced, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

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