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Frailty may be highly predictive of complications, death in patients with mitral valve disease
Frailty measurements have become increasingly important in assessing surgical risk in patients with mitral valve disease, and research published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery shows that frailty plays a significant role in outcomes following mitral valve procedures. (2020-03-19)

Cedars-Sinai Medical tip sheet for Sept. 21
1. Prenatal Diagnostics Pioneer Joins Cedars-Sinai; 2. Mitral Valve Prolapse; 3. Ventricular Assist Surgery; 4. New Dimension in Radiation Therapy (1999-09-21)

Study may impact guidelines for mitral valve surgery for severe ischemic mitral regurgitation
Study reports for the first time evidence on whether or not there is any significant difference between the two current surgical approaches to treat patients with severe ischemic mitral regurgitation -- mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement. (2013-11-19)

Surgery for heart valve disorder associated with greater long-term survival
In a study that included patients with mitral valve regurgitation due to a condition known as flail mitral valve leaflets, performance of early surgical correction compared with initial medical management was associated with greater long-term survival and lower risk of heart failure, according to a study in the Aug. 14 issue of JAMA. (2013-08-13)

VA hospitals favor mitral valve repair vs. replacement
Little is known about mitral valve surgical outcomes within the largest US federal health system -- the Veterans Administration Health System. At the 96th AATS Annual Meeting, data presented from 40 VA cardiac surgery centers reveal that although MV repair rates increased from 48 percent in 2001 to 63 percent in 2013, a wide variability exists in repair rates among medical centers. This is especially important because MV repair mortality rates were significantly lower in patients with primary degenerative disease. (2016-05-17)

A first in robotic heart valve surgery
NYU Medical Center cardiac surgeons, leaders in minimally invasive heart surgery techniques, and Computer Motion, Inc., the leader in medical robotics, announced today the successful completion of the first minimally invasive robotic heart valve surgery in the United States. (2000-05-01)

Mitral valve repair at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center gets Los Angeles dentist on the road to recovery
Mitral valve prolapse is a very common cardiac diagnosis, affecting an estimated 5 percent to 20 percent of the population. Also known as (1999-08-31)

Expanded registry data shows continued positive results for the mitraclip device
The post-approval study evaluating the safety and efficacy of MitraClip in a real-world, commercial setting was presented today as late-breaking clinical science at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2018 Scientific Sessions. (2018-04-26)

Percutaneous valve therapy: is it safe and effective?
Researchers at TCT 2007, the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, will present new studies evaluating a rapidly advancing field within interventional cardiology: percutaneous procedures to repair and replace defective heart valves. Percutaneous valve procedures, which are currently approved only in Europe, are under study in the US. In particular, researchers are studying the safety and effectiveness of the devices being used and the techniques used to implant them, as well as the profile of patients who should receive them. (2007-10-23)

Novel technique reduces obstruction risk in heart valve replacement
Researchers at the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, have developed a novel technique that prevents the obstruction of blood flow, a common fatal complication of transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). The new method, called LAMPOON, may increase treatment options for high-risk patients previously ineligible for heart valve procedures. (2019-05-20)

Updated AATS guidelines help cardiovascular surgeons navigate the challenges of managing ischemic mitral regurgitation
How best to treat IMR is controversial, in part, because of the fragility and complexity of the patients, difficulty of grading IMR, the variety of medical and surgical options, and lack of long-term quality studies. Noting that other guidelines generally do not focus on optimal surgical approaches to IMR, the AATS enlisted a group of experts to create a consensus document to provide clinicians with their recommendations based on their opinions and the best available evidence. (2017-04-17)

World's largest study shows treatment success in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery
Scientists at the Center for Cardiology of the Mainz University Medical Center have examined the success of more than 13,575 minimally invasive procedures on the mitral valve in the largest study of their kind to date. Key findings: Although patients grew older during the period from 2011 to 2015 and the number of procedures increased from year to year, mortality and complication rates remained consistently low. (2019-02-05)

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation performs first US implant of valve replacement device
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation physicians are conducting a research study using the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement in the US The Tendyne Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve is designed to give implanting physicians total control because it is fully repositionable and retrievable which allows physicians to see the outcome before the procedure is closed. If proven efficacious, this may be an option for patients who are not deemed candidates for conventional surgery. (2015-04-14)

Mayo Clinic study sets threshold for valve repair surgery
A Mayo Clinic study of 456 patients with mitral valve regurgitation that had not yet produced significant symptoms has established the first objective guidelines for when patients should consider valve repair surgery instead of continuing treatment with medications, according to findings published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. (2005-03-02)

Anti-obesity drug link to valve disease confirmed, but problems are often mild and may reverse over time
More evidence has been found linking the anti-obesity drug dexfenfluramine with damage to heart valves, but the new research suggests that the problems are typically not severe and may regress after the drug is discontinued, according to today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (1999-11-21)

Early surgery better than watchful waiting for patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation
Patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation who are otherwise healthy should have mitral valve repair surgery sooner rather than later, even if they feel no symptoms, a Mayo Clinic-led study by US and European researchers found. The results challenge the long-held belief that it is safer to (2013-08-13)

World's first minimally invasive tricuspid valve replacement performed in Toronto
The world's first minimally invasive tricuspid valve replacement was performed at St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto by Drs. Neil Fam, Mark Peterson and Geraldine Ong. (2020-03-11)

Cardiologists fail to identify basic and advanced murmurs
Cardiologists failed to identify more than half of basic and about 35 percent of advanced pre-recorded murmurs, but skills improved after a 90 minute training session, according to research presented today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2015. (2015-08-31)

Latest Structural Heart issue features research on TAVR and Mitral VIV and VIR procedures
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team features original research articles on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with aortic stenosis and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and the safety and efficacy of percutaneous mitral valve-in-valve and valve-in ring procedures. The full issue is now available online. (2018-09-07)

Low-dose anticoagulation therapy can be used safely with new design mechanical heart valve
Less aggressive anticoagulation therapy, combined with low-dose aspirin, can be used safely in conjunction with a newer generation mechanical heart valve. These findings from the first phase of a randomized clinical trial are published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, an official publication of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. (2014-05-15)

Intriguing early results for device that reshapes enlarged, leaky heart valve
An innovative device that acts like a belt to reshape an enlarged, leaky heart valve is providing a minimally invasive treatment option for patients who are too sick for open-heart surgery. (2009-05-07)

Progress in cardiovascular disease
You are cordially invited to the Cardiac Institute's 11th Annual Cardiac Symposium at Maimonides Medical Center. (2004-12-02)

MitraClip valve repair continues to show benefit in commercial setting
The commercial track record with transcatheter mitral valve repair, approved for patients at high risk for surgery, compares favorably with pre-approval reports, according to findings from a US registry presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. (2015-03-15)

The ACCESS-EU study
The percutaneous catheter-based treatment of mitral regurgitation with the MitraClip system improves symptoms and cardiac function at one-year, according to results of a prospective observational study presented here today at ESC Congress 2012. (2012-08-27)

Earlier surgical intervention for mitral valve disease is better for most patients
A more aggressive approach to treating degenerative mitral valve disease, using earlier surgical intervention and less invasive techniques, is more beneficial to the patient than 'watchful waiting,' according to an article in the June 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. (2015-06-09)

Why diet drug phen/fen damaged the heart
A new study published in the December 5 issue of the American Heart Association's journal (2000-12-07)

Heart Valve Abnormalities Examined In Relation To Duration Of Diet Drug Use
In the largest study of its kind, Duke University Medical Center researchers found that the longer a person used a popular duet of diet drugs known as (1999-03-09)

UK ill prepared for 'epidemic' of degenerative valvular heart disease
The UK is poorly prepared for the forthcoming epidemic of degenerative valvular heart disease, prompted by a rapidly aging population, say leading experts in the journal Heart. (2010-12-13)

Circulating endothelial microparticles lead to heart valve disease
Under normal physiological conditions, low levels of microparticles are continually being shed into the blood from the endothelium - the cells that line the inside of blood vessels and some organs - and appear to cause no problems. But during some diseases, the level of endothelium-derived microparticles circulating in the blood rises. (2006-04-04)

Does open heart surgery affect cognitive abilities?
Understanding how heart valve surgery may affect your cognition is important for older adults. To learn more, researchers reviewed studies to see how patients' cognition changed before and after heart valve surgery. They also looked at whether surgeries on two types of heart valves, the mitral or the aortic, were associated with better or worse outcomes. Their study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2018-10-12)

Echocardiograms may help with patient selection for transcatheter mitral valve repair
Clinicians should use echocardiography, an ultrasound that shows the heart's structure and function, when determining whether patients with heart failure and a leaking heart valve are likely to benefit from valve repair, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-18)

Heart valve ring reverses damage from congestive heart failure, easing symptoms
A new heart valve ring appears to help congestive heart failure patients regain lost heart function, reversing the disease's effects on heart structure in two ways and easing their disabling symptoms. The ring reduced the leakage of blood back through the mitral valve, which leads to the heart's main pumping chamber. But it also changed the shape of that chamber, called the left ventricle, helping its muscular walls contract and pump blood better. (2005-04-13)

Older patients with atrial fibrillation at greater risk for post-op tricuspid regurgitation after mitral valve repair
Tricuspid regurgitation occurs when the heart's tricuspid valve leaks, allowing blood to flow back from the right ventricle to the right atrium. TR can be secondary to disorders of left-sided heart valves (mitral or aortic). Investigators present the results of a long-term study of patients who underwent mitral valve (MV) repair. They found that although newly developed TR after MV repair was rare, the risk could increase in older patients with atrial fibrillation and impaired heart function. (2016-05-16)

First in vitro study of tricuspid valve mechanics uncovers causes for leakage
An estimated 1.6 million Americans suffer moderate to severe leakage through their heart's tricuspid valve, but what causes the problem is not well understood. A new study found that either dilating the tricuspid valve opening or displacing the papillary muscles that control its operation can cause the valve to leak. A combination of the two actions can increase the severity of the leakage, which is called tricuspid regurgitation. (2011-08-09)

New technology offers alternative to open heart surgery
A new method of treating mitral regurgitation (MR), the leaking of blood through the mitral valve into the heart chamber, provides a less-invasive alternative to open heart surgery. A study published in Journal of Interventional Cardiology found that a variety of advances have allowed for the potential treatment of MR through various catheter techniques, similar to angioplasty. While over 50,000 mitral valve surgical procedures are performed annually, open surgery is an undesirable option, especially for high-risk patients. (2006-11-16)

Study offers less complex, minimally invasive procedure to treat heart valve leak
Cardiac experts at Rush University Medical Center are studying a new, minimally invasive procedure to treat leaky heart valves. Instead of open heart surgery, patients will undergo a less complex catheter-based procedure to treat mitral regurgitation, a serious heart disorder where blood leaks backwards toward the lungs with each heart beat. (2009-09-29)

New way to fix leaking mitral heart valves safe in initial testing
A novel method to seal leaking heart valves was proven safe in its first use in heart failure patients. If effective in larger trials, the PTMA system could significantly reduce the life-threatening risks associated with surgical repair of the mitral valve. (2009-06-23)

Total hospital cost of robotic or conventional open-chest mitral valve repair surgery is similar
The total hospital cost of mitral valve repair surgery -- from the time a patient is admitted to the hospital until release -- is similar, whether performed through small port incisions using robotic equipment or via the conventional open-chest method, a Mayo Clinic study of 370 patients found. Importantly, robotic surgeries were just as safe as conventional open procedures, but patients who underwent robotic mitral valve repair recovered more rapidly and returned home earlier than patients who had open-chest surgery, the study found. (2013-10-01)

New heart valve modeling technique enables customized medical care for patients
Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin develop noninvasive way to simulate repairs to the heart's mitral valve allowing surgeons to provide patient-specific treatments. (2019-01-30)

Valve-in-valve implants via catheter effective in high-risk patients
Mechanical heart valves can be successfully implanted via catheter inside failing animal-based tissue valves. The catheter-based technique provides an option for valve replacement to select patients who would not be candidates for another open-heart surgery. (2010-04-12)

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