We talked about this Saturday!

During his presentation on Cardiac Catherizations at this weekend’s CHD Symposium, Dr. William Darden mentioned two new heart valves that can be inserted via catheter. One, the Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve manufactured by Medtronic, has just received approval for a Humanitarian Need Exemption in the United States.

Lo and behold, while checking my news sources today I found a report from MedGadget about the newly approved valve!

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2 Responses to “We talked about this Saturday!”

  1. Linda D. Says:

    Some of the research on this is being done at Seattle Children’s which is where we go. While Gabby will eventually need a pulmonary valve, she is not currently eligible for this procedure because she doesn’t have a big enough “landing zone.” (They need something like 16 mm to be able to do it in the cath lab at this time.) However, subsequent valve replacements can be done in the cath lab, provided they put in the one that allows that surgically when the time comes.

    I’m glad I live in an area with this cutting edge research.

  2. Kara Booth Says:

    This is great news for those of us who are really hoping for this technology to be perfected sooner rather than later! However, a push to get these companies to make the products for the little patients is still in order. But, this is definitely a step in the right direction!

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