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New Data Demonstrates Abbott's Investigational MitraClip(R) System Has Potential to be a Valuable Treatment Option for Patients With Mitral Regurgitation, the Most Common Heart Valve Condition
Date:3/14/2010

"When treating patients with significant MR, clinicians need to consider the benefits of the available treatment options and an individual patient's risk factors to determine the best course of therapy," said Charles A. Simonton, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, divisional vice president, Medical Affairs, and chief medical officer, Abbott Vascular. "Based on the positive risk-benefit profile demonstrated in the EVEREST II randomized trial and other EVEREST trials, the MitraClip procedure has the potential to be an important addition to the current options for treating certain patients with significant MR."

The MitraClip system received CE Mark in March 2008. The MitraClip device is an investigational device in the United States, and is currently under review for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

About the EVEREST II Trial

The EVEREST II pivotal trial is a multi-center, randomized clinical trial of 279 patients with moderate-to-severe (3+) or severe (4+) mitral regurgitation who were candidates for mitral valve surgery. The mean age for patients was 68 years, and patients in the trial tended to have more co-morbidities,
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