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Volume 6, Issue 76  | September 21, 2021


Hoag begins enrolling patients with degenerative mitral valve disease in clinical trial

Hoag is now enrolling patients in a clinical trial to study an innovative surgical procedure that would allow surgeons to repair a patient’s mitral valve without open-heart surgery. 

The RESTORE clinical trial, in collaboration with Edwards Lifesciences, will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the investigational HARPOONTM Beating Heart Mitral Valve Repair System for patients with severe degenerative mitral valve regurgitation, a condition commonly caused by mitral valve prolapse, which prevents the valve from closing properly causing blood to leak backwards into the lungs causing shortness of breath. 

Hoag begins Caffarelli

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Anthony D. Caffarelli, M.D., director of the Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center, director of Hoag Cardiovascular Surgery 

“If successful, the new system will provide another minimally invasive approach to help surgeons repair patients’ mitral valves, while the heart is still beating. Clinical trials like these continue to push surgical innovation to expand surgical options to more people, ultimately improving patient outcomes and quality of life,” said Anthony D. Caffarelli, M.D., director of the Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center, director of Hoag Cardiovascular Surgery, the Newkirk Family Endowed Chair in Aortic Care and principal investigator for the trial. “This device, and other minimally invasive technologies that are being developed, provide exciting new options to appropriate patients that could lower their risk of heart disease. For these select patients, the results are promising.” 

Hoag offers a variety of options to treat mitral valve disease including traditional heart surgery, minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive robotic repair and catheter-based technology for those who are too frail for surgery. 

“Our goal is to match patients to the right procedure for them, to ensure the best possible outcomes,” said Dr. Caffarelli. 

Hoag was among 40 hospitals chosen to participate in the trial, a testament to the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute’s commitment to advancing treatment options for patients with heart valve disease. 

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons ranked Hoag’s Cardiovascular Surgery Program in the highest category for quality and successful outcomes, achieved by only 1.8 percent of hospitals nationwide, and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Hoag as high performing in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). 

For more information about the RESTORE trial, call 949.764.8258.

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