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Small device to 'zip up' leaky hearts discovered by Dr Oz 20 years ago may save millions

Cheryl Kahla
Sep 28, 2018
08:37 A.M.
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A device created two decades ago to improve the lives of patients with faulty heart valves was recently tested at the Columbia University.

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The device was designed by Dr. Oz to repair a leaky heart condition by inserting it through the groin. The procedure is safer than surgery.

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. Before the device was tested, the only way to repair a heart valve was through open heart surgery.

During such a procedure, a patient's chest is cracked open for the valve to cut out and replaced.

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A heart valve can either be replaced by a donated valve, a manufactured valve, or one constructed from animal tissue.

Even with minimally invasive surgeries, the risk of contracting an infection or developing other complications is immensely high.

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A third of all patients will experience complications during or after open heart surgery, and the new device will greatly reduce those statistics.

Seeing as more than 2 million American citizens are living with faulty heart valves, the Mitra-Clip will change millions of lives.

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Dr. Oz attended a conference in Italy twenty years ago where a scientist named Ottavio Alfieri gave a talk about mitral valve leaks.

He mentioned they type of heart valves that don't seal at all because the two sides didn't touch, and Dr. Oz asked himself: What if we could just make it like a zipper?

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He designed the patent as soon as he returned to the USA. Dr. Oz said it's like "a stitch you put in a with a clip." He added:

"It's covert, like a sniper, it just sneaks in, and you stitch it together in one place, so it just zips up."

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Dr. Mehmet Oz first rose to fame when he appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" fourteen years ago. He launched "The Dr. Oz Show" five years later.

He is also a professor at the Department of Surgery at Columbia University for the past seventeen years and specializes in cardiothoracic surgery.

His show was renewed for a 10th season and will be released in 2019 through the Fox Station Group.

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