The PASCAL Device-Early Experience with a Leaflet Approximation Device: What Are the Benefits/Limitations Compared with the MitraClip?

Curr Cardiol Rep. 2020 Jun 27;22(8):74. doi: 10.1007/s11886-020-01305-1.


Purpose of review: This review article describes the technical features of the novel Edwards PASCAL transcatheter valve repair system as well as the evidence accumulated so far.

Recent findings: Transcatheter mitral and tricuspid valve leaflet approximation enable treatment of patients with mitral and tricuspid regurgitation who are not eligible for surgery. The PASCAL device offers an alternative that may allow to overcome some of the limitations of previous systems and open the path for an approach adapted to individual patient's anatomy. Early data show similar safety and efficacy compared with the Abbott MitraClip system. The PASCAL system is a valuable addition to the armamentarium of transcatheter mitral and tricuspid valve repair devices. Randomized head-to-head comparisons and long-term data are needed to confirm the promising results observed so far.

Keywords: Edge-to-edge valve repair; Leaflet approximation; MitraClip; Mitral regurgitation; PASCAL; Transcatheter mitral valve repair; Transcatheter tricuspid valve repair; Tricuspid regurgitation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation*
  • Humans
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency* / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Tricuspid Valve / surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency* / surgery