IRVINE, Calif., June 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, today announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for aortic and mitral valve-in-valve procedures using the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve. The SAPIEN 3 valve is the first transcatheter heart valve approved in the U.S. for the treatment of both aortic and mitral patients who are at high risk for a subsequent open-heart surgery to replace their bioprosthetic valve.
"Expansion of the SAPIEN 3 device indication to include valve-in-valve procedures is a meaningful advancement for patients at high risk of an additional open-heart valve procedure, particularly for those in need of a safe alternative for mitral valve replacement," said Larry L. Wood, Edwards' corporate vice president, transcatheter heart valves.
This anticipated FDA approval of the indication expansion was supported by real-world data collected from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and American College of Cardiology (STS/ACC) Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry. The TVT Registry includes information and outcomes on patients undergoing transcatheter valve replacement and repair procedures in the United States.
"This approval brings a safe and effective transcatheter therapy to patients who would do very poorly with repeat open-heart surgery," said John Carroll, M.D., professor of cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and director of interventional cardiology at the University of Colorado Hospital, Denver and member of the TVT Registry Steering Committee. "I am pleased to see that the FDA recognizes the value of the high-quality evidence generated by the STS-ACC TVT Registry and its ability to play an important role in assessing 'real-world' clinical results in specialty indications, such as valve-in-valve, and for particular patient groups, such as those needing replacement of a bioprosthetic mitral valve."
The Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve was approved by the FDA in 2015 for severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis patients at high risk for open-heart surgery, and, in 2016, received approval for the treatment of patients who are at intermediate risk for open-heart surgery. The SAPIEN 3 valve builds on Edwards' decades of experience in the development of tissue heart valves, and the proven benefits of the Edwards SAPIEN valves.
About Edwards Lifesciences
Edwards Lifesciences, based in Irvine, Calif., is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. For more information, visit www.Edwards.com and follow us on Twitter @EdwardsLifesci.
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