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Innovative heart procedure will extend lives of patients with faulty heart valve

 

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Innovative heart procedure will extend lives of patients with faulty heart valve

Up to 400 patients each year are set to benefit from the procedure being made available more widely.

An innovative minimally invasive procedure to repair a heart valve has been approved for use in the NHS for patients who would otherwise be unable to have conventional open heart surgery.

Until now the only option for patients needing a mitral valve repair was open heart surgery which for some older and frail patients would be considered too risky.

In draft recommendations, NICE has given the go-ahead for a procedure that repairs the mitral valve repaired without the need for a major operation to be made more widely available across the NHS in England.