ACC 2017: SURTAVI Supports Intermediate-Risk Intervention For Medtronic's CoreValve
In an interview with Medtech Insight, the lead investigator of SURTAVI, an ongoing trial of Medtronic's CoreValve in intermediate risk patents, says transcatheter aortic valve is continuously improving and will probably soon be indicated for even low-risk patients, but that surgical valve replacement will have an important role to play for the foreseeable future.
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July 2017 brought 26 approvals from outside the United States, including 14 CE marks in Europe and 12 from five other territories. Almost half of the approvals were for cardiovascular devices; the rest came from eight other categories.
The global market for products treating heart valve disease is expected to exceed $8bn by 2021, driven largely by the rising number of elderly patients with cardiovascular disease, obesity and growing prevalence of diabetes. This, in turn, is fueling significant innovation in minimally invasive techniques, particularly in the leading area of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), but also in transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVrep) systems, both of which offer patients quicker recovery times, less discomfort and greater safety compared to traditional surgical heart valve repair and replacement. This feature looks more closely at the competitive landscape and dynamics of these two fast-growing market segments, as well as gives insight into what the users – the physicians – think of these technologies.
The approval, based on the results of the SURTAVI trial, comes a few months ahead of analysts' expectations and is welcome news for Medtronic in its effort to keep pace with TAVR leader Edwards in the US market.