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ReCor Announces Successful First-In-Human Trial To Treat Mitral Regurgitation Using Ultrasound.

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1_ultrasound-heart-picReCor Medical, ultrasound heart valve therapy company, is proud to announce that it has successfully accomplished the first-in-human procedure using its ultrasound therapy to treat mitral regurgitation (MR).  Full details about the study will be presented today at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific meeting in Washington, D.C.

Successful MR reduction from 3+ to 1+

Prof. Dr. med Karl-Heinz Kuck, Hamburg, Germany, had conducted the procedure on  a 79-year-old male with severe MR (3+). The procedure highlights: femoral-vein access; 3D/2D echocardiogram; less than 90 minutes. The procedure was proved to be safe and effective with MR reduction to 1+. Mano Iyer, founder and CEO of ReCor Medical, said: "Our ultrasound therapy is a whole new modality for treating MR." He explained the procedure: "Ultrasound creates heat. Heat shrinks collagen. Shrinkage reduces the mitral valve annulus, and annular reduction reduces MR. Our clinical value proposition is very attractive as our treatment has no implant. Also, our platform is designed to immediately and significantly reduce MR within a very short procedure time. Additionally, use of our system does not restrict a patient from other treatments." Prof. Kuck said: "The device was extremely easy to use and the fact that you do not implant anything makes this a breakthrough in mitral valve repair." Professor Jacques Séguin, M.D., Ph.D., founder and former Chairman/CEO of CoreValve and Chairman of ReCor, said: "As a cardiac surgeon, I believe this is an historic moment, as this represents the first time ever that a patient has been treated without leaving anything behind."  He further added: "We also see an application for Tricuspid Regurgitation, which means we can truly revolutionize the treatment of cardiac valve insufficiency."

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