Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Therapies
As one of the highest volume and most experienced transcatheter tricuspid valve programs in the nation, Northwestern Medicine continues to expand its Transcatheter Heart Valve Program by offering a wide array of clinical trials for the tricuspid valve, including Cardioband TR EFS and PASCAL CLASP TR EFS.
Transcatheter Tricuspid Heart Valve Therapies: Setting the Pace With “First in Human” Clinical Trials
Tricuspid valve disease impacts 1.6 million people in the United States each year. Tricuspid valve regurgitation occurs when the tricuspid valve does not close completely, allowing blood to flow backward or “leak,” creating symptoms that include shortness of breath, fatigue and abnormal heart rhythms. Because medical therapy to treat tricuspid valve regurgitation is often ineffective and surgical repair is associated with a high complication rate, transcatheter treatment options are ideal for the tricuspid valve.
The Transcatheter Heart Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine offers a variety of transcatheter clinical trial options for the tricuspid valve, allowing us to tailor treatment precisely to each patient’s individual needs. Northwestern Medicine has done three “first in human” transcatheter clinical trials related to the tricuspid valve, positioning our program to have the most experience with transcatheter tricuspid heart valve clinical trials in the country. Cardioband TR EFS and PASCAL CLASP TR EFS are transcatheter clinical trials for the tricuspid valve that work to decrease the size (annular reduction) of the tricuspid valve causing the regurgitation. Cardioband TR EFS treats tricuspid regurgitation by placing a ring around the tricuspid valve opening, helping the valve to close completely. PASCAL CLASP TR EFS treats tricuspid regurgitation by joining or clipping together a portion of the tricuspid valve, helping the valve to close completely.
Transcatheter heart valve therapies are minimally invasive procedures to repair a diseased heart valve that involves threading a catheter (tube) through a small incision made in the skin. The device needed to repair the diseased valve is placed in the catheter and fed through a vein in the body until it reaches the diseased heart valve.
Transcatheter heart valve therapies offer some patients an alternative to open heart valve surgery. These minimally invasive transcatheter therapies allow the procedure to be performed while the patient’s heart is still beating, eliminating the need for a “bypass” machine and its associated risks. Due to the minimally invasive nature of transcatheter procedures, patients recover faster and experience an improvement in symptoms soon after the procedure is completed.
Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Clinical Trial Options
Researchers at Northwestern Medicine conduct clinical trials that provide access to innovative therapies for the treatment of heart and vascular disease. Participating in a clinical trial is an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of medications or study devices. The study devices and delivery systems used in the following clinical trials are investigational (experimental), which means they are not approved for commercial use by the U.S. FDA.
Cardioband TR EFS: enrolling patients to evaluate the Edwards Cardioband Tricuspid Valve Reconstruction System (study device) in patients with tricuspid regurgitation. Eligible patients will have the Cardioband Implant delivered by a transfemoral approach (minimally invasive procedure through a puncture in the femoral vein in the leg). Once delivered, the Cardioband Implant will be positioned around the tricuspid valve and adjusted to reduce the size of the valve, thus improving the tricuspid regurgitation.
PASCAL CLASP TR EFS: enrolling patients to evaluate the Edwards PASCAL Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Repair System (study device) in patients with tricuspid regurgitation. The PASCAL implant is deployed and secured to the leaflets of the tricuspid valve by a transfemoral approach (minimally invasive procedure through a puncture in the femoral vein in the leg). Once attached to the leaflets the PASCAL implant will act as a filler to help reduce tricuspid regurgitation.