When the tissues of the heart valve have a significant malformation or are too damaged and cannot be repaired to function properly, it may be necessary to replace the valve with a mechanical valve. A mechanical heart valve mimics the valve of a healthy heart, opening and closing with each heartbeat, permitting proper blood flow through the heart."There's an urgent need for the smallest babies and children who need a suitable replacement valve in order to survive," said Michael Dale, vice president of Abbott's structural heart business. "Abbott's new mechanical pediatric heart valve is a life-changing technology for the smallest pediatric patients, giving them a better chance at a long, healthy life with a fully functioning heart." The approval of Abbott's new Masters HP™ 15mm rotatable mechanical heart valve was primarily based on the results of a clinical trial, which enrolled pediatric patients five years of age or younger who had a diseased, damaged or malfunctioning heart valve. Jonathan M. Chen M.D., co-director of the Seattle Children's Hospital Heart Center and division chief for pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, was the first physician in the trial to implant the Masters HP 15mm valve in a pediatric patient. Dr. Chen treated Sadie Rutenberg, who was the first infant to undergo the treatment in the clinical trial. She is now a healthy 3-year-old. Click here for more details on Sadie's story. About Abbott's Pediatric Mechanical Heart Valve The Masters HP™ 15mm rotatable mechanical heart valve is a rotatable, bileaflet mechanical heart valve designed for implantation in the mitral or aortic position and is part of the Masters Series line, which now includes seven valves with diameter sizes ranging from 15 to 27mm. Initially approved in 1995, the valves have pyrolytic carbon leaflets and orifice rings, an 85-degree leaflet opening angle to improve flow and reduce turbulence, and a controlled torque rotation mechanism for rotation and intraoperative adjustment. A sewing cuff contains additional suture markers for more accurate placement.
For U.S. Important Safety Information on the Masters HP Series, visit http://abbo.tt/2taeyVL.About Abbott At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal. 1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congenital Heart Defects. Available https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/heartdefects/data.html. Accessed on January 26, 2018. 2 Healthline Medical Team. Available at https://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/mitral-valve. Accessed January 26, 2018. 3 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Mitral Valve Disease. Available at https://ctsurgerypatients.org/adult-heart-disease/mitral-valve-disease. Accessed January 26, 2018. 4 Healthline. What is mitral valve disease? Available at https://www.healthline.com/health/mitral-valve-disease#overview1. Accessed January 26, 2018.