A clinical study of a new clip that is inserted into the heart has earned extremely positive results. The most significant advantage is that the clip offers many patients the possibility of treatment when in the past these same patients would not have had surgical options. The secondary advantage of the clip is that patients who have been treated with it have been able to resume normal daily activities sooner, and with relative ease.
In the past, major heart surgery left patients with a limited range of motion and activity. In limited medical studies, the new clip has enabled patients to recover more of their previous capabilities.
The device has yet to be approved by the FDA for widespread use, but it is likely it will be approved. Reportedly, the device would also be covered by many medical insurance plans, making it a potential fix for many Americans with heart ailments.