MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Evalve, Inc., the leader in the development of devices for the percutaneous repair of cardiac valves, announced today that the first three patients have been successfully treated with the MitraClip(R) system at the University of Hull, Castle Hill Hospital in the United Kingdom. The MitraClip(R) system is the first commercially available medical device which provides a non-surgical mitral valve repair option for patients suffering from the effects of mitral regurgitation (MR).
Mitral regurgitation is the most common type of heart valve insufficiency in Europe and the United States, affecting millions of people worldwide. In the vast majority of patients, the MR is untreated, requiring the heart to work harder and ultimately leading to heart failure.
The first patients in the United Kingdom were treated by the team led by Farqad Alamgir, M.D., consultant cardiologist for the Trust; Simon Thackray, M.D., consultant cardiologist; Raj Nair, M.D., cardiology registrar and Andrew L. Clark, M.D., reader and honorary consultant in cardiology.
"This technology is cutting edge and may transform the way many of our patients receive heart surgery," said Dr. Alamgir. "The MitraClip(R) therapy reduces many of the risks and trauma currently associated with open heart surgery. Currently, patients with MR only have one option. Now they have a second option which may not require them to have surgery. I believe the MitraClip(R) system will not only play a key role for non-surgical MR patients, but should also be considered as a therapy for select surgical candidates."
Evalve received CE Mark approval for the MitraClip(R) system this year and began commercial sales in Europe in September, 2008. The company has worked with hospitals across Europe to establish training programs in support of the European roll out.
"Suitable patients now have a less inv
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