A new device shows promise for heart failure patients, according to a recent study.
In a trial, 614 patients with severe heart failure were randomly assigned to receive standard medical treatment and a MitraClip, which helps repair the damaged mitral valve, or to receive medical treatment alone.
Among those who received only medical treatment, 151 were hospitalized for heart failure in the ensuing 2 years and 61 died. Among those who got the device, 92 were hospitalized for heart failure during the same period and 28 died.
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