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The present invention relates to a minimally invasive method of performing annuloplasty. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for performing annuloplasty includes accessing a left ventricle of a heart to provide a discrete plication element to the left ventricle, and engaging the plication element to tissue near a mitral valve of the heart. Engaging the plication element includes causing the plication element to gather a portion of the tissue to create a plication. In one embodiment, accessing the left ventricle of the heart to provide the plication element includes accessing the left ventricle of the heart using a catheter arrangement.

Title
Method and apparatus for catheter-based annuloplasty using local plications
Application Number
10/623182
Publication Number
7037334 (B1)
Application Date
July 18, 2003
Publication Date
May 2, 2006
Inventor
Paul A Spence
Louisville
KY, US
Jonathan L Podmore
San Francisco
CA, US
Edwin J Hlavka
Palo Alto
CA, US
Agent
Wood Herron & Evans L
Assignee
Mitralign
NY, US
IPC
A61F 2/24
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