Abbott launches study of repair system for leaky tricuspid heart valves

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Abbott has announced the launch of a study of a new repair system for leaky tricuspid heart valves.

The first patient has been enrolled in a clinical study that will assess a minimally invasive clip-based repair system for the treatment of moderate or severe tricuspid regurgitation, a common condition affecting the right side of the heart.

“Abbott has launched a new study of a minimally invasive clip-based repair system for treating moderate or severe tricuspid regurgitation.“

This system is built upon more than a decade of development for Abbott's proven MitraClip technology, which has been shown to predictably and effectively treat mitral regurgitation, a similar disease that impacts the left side of the heart.

Dubbed TRILUMINATE, the new study will evaluate the performance of clip-based technology in approximately 75 symptomatic patients at 25 sites across the US and Europe. The trial is expected to support a future application for European CE Mark approval.

Dr Charles Simonton, chief medical officer and divisional vice-president for global medical affairs at Abbott, said: "We look forward to the results of the trial to determine if this new minimally invasive technology has the potential to benefit people living with tricuspid regurgitation just as predictably."

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