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Methods and devices provide constriction of a heart valve annulus to treat cardiac valve regurgitation and other conditions. Embodiments typically include a device for attaching a cinching or tightening apparatus to a heart valve annulus to reduce the circumference of the annulus, thus reducing valve regurgitation. Tightening devices may include multiple tethered clips, multiple untethered crimping clips, stabilizing devices, visualization devices, and the like. In one embodiment, a plurality of tethered clips is secured circumferentially to a valve annulus, and the tether coupling the clips is cinched to reduce the circumference of at least a portion of the annulus. Methods and devices may be used in open heart surgical procedures, minimally invasive procedures, catheter-based procedures, and/or procedures on beating hearts or stopped hearts.

Title
Devices and methods for heart valve repair
Application Number
10/461043
Publication Number
6986775 (B2)
Application Date
June 13, 2003
Publication Date
January 17, 2006
Inventor
Niel F Starksen
Los Altos
CA, US
Rodolfo A Morales
Los Gatos
CA, US
Agent
Morrison & Foerster
Assignee
Guided Delivery Systems
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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