Edwards Lifesciences's heart valve earns FDA approval for new use


The Food and Drug Administration approved a new use for Edwards Lifesciences Corp.'s Sapien 3 artificial heart valve, reports Reuters.

The valve may now be used to replace failing heart valves previously implanted in high risk patients, according to the report. Clinicians place the Sapein 3 valve into the failing valve through a blood vessel or small incision in the patient's chest, which offers a less invasive treatment option than repeat open heart surgery.

The FDA originally approved the valve as a replacement for a patient's natural valve when open heart surgery is deemed too risky.

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