Background: Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the second leading cause of valvular heart disease in the United States behind aortic stenosis. The percutaneous repair of the mitral valve (MitraClip, Abbott, Inc.) has been approved in the United States since 2013 as an alternative to traditional mitral valve surgery. However, many questions are left unanswered about when to perform this procedure and whom to perform it on.
Methods: We reviewed major published literature on the MitraClip from 2003-2016 to help guide clinical decision-making. A PubMed search was conducted using the phrase "mitraclip" or "percutaneous mitral valve repair" to identify relevant articles pertaining to the clip as well as surgical valve repair.
Results: The clinical trials EVEREST I and EVEREST II (Endovascular Valve Edge-to-Edge Repair Study) demonstrated the safety and efficacy of the MitraClip but did not prove its superiority to surgical repair in the population studied. Numerous subsequent registries have suggested that the success of the MitraClip varies with the patient population studied. The currently enrolling Cardiovascular Outcomes for Assessment of the MitraClip Percutaneous Therapy for Heart Failure Patients with Functional MR (COAPT) trial hopes to answer some of these questions.
Conclusion: The MitraClip is a new and exciting technology for percutaneously treating disease processes traditionally managed with surgery. The future of the clip and its patient population is dependent on further studies.
Keywords: Mitral valve; mitral valve annuloplasty; mitral valve insufficiency.