Ef­fec­tive mi­tral valve re­pair

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Well­ness Of­fi­cer and Chair of Well­ness In­sti­tute at Cleve­land Clinic. To live your health­i­est, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.shar

If you have heart fail­ure, it can cause the heart mus­cle to weaken and stretch out like an overblown bal­loon. That pulls apart the mi­tral valve — its job is to open and close the door be­tween the heart’s up­per left­hand cham­ber and the lower cham­ber. When that hap­pens, the flow of oxy­gen-rich blood out of your heart to the rest of your body backs up, and you de­velop what’s called mi­tral re­gur­gi­ta­tion. Your symp­toms worsen and your risk of death from heart fail­ure in­creases.

In a stun­ning ex­am­ple of med­i­cal in­no­va­tion, doc­tors, en­gi­neers and en­trepreneurs worked for two decades to de­velop the Mi­traClip. The clip is at­tached to your sag­ging mi­tral valve and al­lows the valve to once again open and then close com­pletely in syn­chro­niza­tion with your beat­ing heart.

This dime-size de­vice was orig­i­nally con­ceived by Dr. Oz in 1996. It is based on in­sights into the work­ings of the mi­tral valve by an Ital­ian sur­geon named An­to­nio Al­fieri. Says Dr. Oz: “Al­fieri ex­plained that the mi­tral valve works like a zip­per, and when it fails in this way, all sur­geons need to do is place one stitch to restart the clos­ing process. Once stitched, the faulty valve nat­u­rally snaps shut again on its own!

“My col­leagues and I at Columbia Univer­sity im­me­di­ately patented the de­vice. In 2003, with a re­mark­ably cre­ative team led by Ferolyn Pow­ell, we re­leased a de­vice which we’ve used at my NewYork-Pres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal and around the world — in 30,000 im­plants since then.”

But there had been some re­sis­tance to us­ing the de­vice, be­cause large clin­i­cal tri­als hadn’t yet demon­strated suc­cess. Well, that’s old news now.

In a re­cently pub­lished study in the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine, lead au­thor Greg Stone (Dr. Oz’s col­league) and dozens of col­lab­o­ra­tors pub­lished ev­i­dence of the Mi­traClip’s ef­fec­tive­ness.

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