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Heart health to benefit from medical developments

Published on 16/03/2010
A new MitraClip system may be a valuable treatment option for patients with the common heart valve condition mitral regurgitation (MR).

Data presented at the American College of Cardiology's 59th annual scientific session indicated that the device reduces significant MR by clipping together the leaflets of the mitral valve (one of the four valves of the heart).

MR affects more than eight million people in the US and Europe and is currently managed with drugs or open heart surgery.

It is a debilitating condition where the heart's ability to function continues to deteriorate over time, and may lead to irregular heartbeat, heart failure, stroke or heart attack.

The British Cardiovascular Society vice president of education and research, Dr Iain Simpson, said that the MitraClip repair offers an effective alternative treatment.

He explained: "Surgical repair of a leaking mitral valve is very successful and a relatively low risk operation in expert hands but not all patients are suitable for surgery especially elderly patients with heart failure where the risks of surgery are too high."

Recent research published in the Lancet suggests that the body's ability to regulate blood pressure might be an important health measure.
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