Device Approvals: Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve

The FDA has recently approved the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve to be marketed.  The Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve (often referred to as SAPIEN 3 THV) consists of a catheter-based artificial aortic heart valve and accessories used to implant the valve without open-heart surgery. The valve is made of cow tissue attached to a balloon-expandable, cobalt-chromium frame for support. The SAPIEN 3 THV is the third generation of the SAPIEN THV that FDA originally approved in 2011. The device has a major design change that adds a skirt at the base of the valve frame to minimize leakage around the valve.

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