MitraClip Fixes Leaky Heart without Open-Heart Surgery

16 March 2010 (Last Updated March 16th, 2010 18:30)

A tiny medical clip, which fixes leaky heart valves without open-heart surgery, has been developed by US firm Abbott Laboratories. Abbot scientists believe that the MitraClip is far safer than surgery and nearly as effective, and might save millions of Americans from open-heart surgery.

A tiny medical clip, which fixes leaky heart valves without open-heart surgery, has been developed by US firm Abbott Laboratories.

Abbot scientists believe that the MitraClip is far safer than surgery and nearly as effective, and might save millions of Americans from open-heart surgery.

A study presented at the American College of Cardiology conference found that six times more people who had surgery suffered major complications than those who got the clip.