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Clamp Device for Leaky Heart Valve Seems Effective, NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute Study



4/5/2011 7:31:39 AM

MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- A minimally invasive treatment for mitral regurgitation -- a leaky heart valve condition common among seniors -- appears to be as effective as open-heart surgery, new research suggests. While both interventions take about two hours to perform, the newer alternative to open-heart surgery tackles mitral regurgitation by means of a catheter-enabled insertion of a tiny clothespin-like device, called a "MitraClip," which is threaded through a major artery into the heart to clamp the leak.

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