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Abbott's Investigational MitraClip(R) System Demonstrates Strong Safety Results and Improved Clinical Outcomes for Common Causes of Leaky Heart Valves
Date:5/25/2010

ignificant MR each year in the United States and Europe; however, only about 20 percent of these patients undergo surgery each year. While many patients are either higher-risk surgical patients or not sick enough for surgery, approximately 80 percent of patients with MR continue to be affected by the chronic volume overload caused by MR, which requires the heart to work harder, and may ultimately lead to heart failure and other complications.

About the MitraClip Technology and Procedure

Abbott's proprietary MitraClip system is used for catheter-based mitral valve repair in patients suffering from the effects of mitral regurgitation. Mitral valve repair with the MitraClip system is performed by physicians in the catheterization laboratory. The heart beats normally during the procedure, and therefore does not require a heart-lung bypass machine. After treatment, patients have been observed to recover quickly. The MitraClip system is intended to provide another treatment option in the existing continuum of care, including medical management and open, arrested heart surgical options. The MitraClip device may help MR patients avoid or delay surgery.

About Abbott Vascular

Abbott Vascular is a global leader in cardiac and vascular care with market-leading products and an industry-leading pipeline. Abbott Vascular offers a comprehensive cardiac and vascular devices portfolio, including products for coronary artery disease, vessel closure, endovascular disease, and structural heart disease.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diag
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