Catheter approaches for mitral replacement

March 23, 2014- interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD

With catheter based methods for replacing the aorta valve not being adopted as expected, the medical device industry is now looking to the mitral valve for hope. Doctors in London and Canada performed the first human implants of the Neovasc and Edwards Lifesciences mitral valves.

We interviewed Dr. William O’Neill of Henry Ford Hospital about the various attempts to repair and replace the mitral valve without cracking the chest. Dr. O’Neill is an equity owner in Neovasc, and works with Edwards Lifesciences for the aortic valve studies.

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