Quick Byte: Hope for HF patients


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.


1. Kolata G. Tiny Device is a ‘Huge Advance’ for Treatment of Severe Heart Failure. New York Times. Sept 23, 2018. Accessed Oct 10, 2018.

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