Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair: Is there a Future?
AbstractMitral regurgitation (MR) is a common disease in developed countries, affecting an estimated 9.3% of the population aged ≥75 years. Although surgical valve repair or replacement is currently the “gold standard” treatment for severe symptomatic MR, almost one-half of the patients are denied surgery. These are usually older patients with moderate left ventricular dysfunction and several non-cardiac co-morbidities. The aim of transcatheter mitral valve repair is to provide a treatment that is at least as effective as conventional valve surgery, and is associated with less morbidity and mortality. Currently an important number of devices are under evaluation, and can be categorized according to the treatment strategy.... (excerpt)
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