Beaumont Researching Nonsurgical Heart Valve Repair
Beaumont is the first hospital in metro Detroit to treat patients in a clinical study evaluating the MitraClip system to repair the mitral valve without open-heart surgery. The MitraClip device is used for patients with moderately severe to severe mitral regurgitation, the most common type of heart valve problem. With the clip, Beaumont interventional cardiologists and echocardiologists are able to repair defective mitral valves with a nonsurgical procedure in the cardiac catheterization lab in about two hours.
Beaumont is one of about 40 centers in North America evaluating the safety and effectiveness of this percutaneous (through the skin) procedure. The system is made by Evalve Inc. of Menlo Park, Calif. Participants in the study are randomized to receive the catheter-based repair with the MitraClip