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Transcatheter Mitral Valves Are Going to the Dogs

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 4:23pm
Mass Device

Veterinary mitral regurgitation is "a place to watch" for developments in transcatheter mitral valve implantation, according to cardiologist Dr. Peter Block.

Avalon Medical's MitralSeal

The field of transcatheter mitral valve repair may move more quickly in pet populations than it does in human medicine, according to a presentation during this week's American College of Cardiology conference in San Francisco.

Researchers are hard at work on a technology, called MitralSeal, they they hope to bring to market to treat mitral valve regurgitation in dogs.

"It's an important place where I think we will see developments, even before we see them in man," Dr. Peter Block, assistant professor of medicine at The Emory Clinic in Georgia, told an audience during a mitral valve panel.

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