Leading Across Cardiovascular Health

New data supports key devices in Abbott's innovative cardiovascular portfolio.

Strategy and Strength|Apr.18, 2019

Picture life-changing innovation coming from devices that fit in the palm of your hand.

Because healthy bodies start with strong hearts and robust cardiovascular systems, Abbott continues to lead in many areas of cardiac health with new versions of its medical devices. They're often dime-sized or even smaller, but their impact can be enormous.

From heart valves and vascular stents to heart pumps and implantable cardiac monitors, our best-in-class lineup reflects crucial breakthroughs in research and development to combat many types of heart disease and their side effects.

New clinical data adds even more support to Abbott's cardiovascular portfolio, improving patient care and continuing to build momentum for one of the company's fastest-growing businesses.

Abbott's medical device sales rose 9.1 percent for 2018 compared with a year earlier, helping the company build on its sustainable growth and fund new research to continually improve its device portfolio.

Investing in medical devices is another example of Abbott being well positioned in the right segments, as the $40 billion cardiovascular device market today could grow to $66 billion by 2024.1

Fresh Data Enhances Outlook

Research presented at the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans suggests expanded, game-changing potential for these devices.

Abbott's technologies can treat complex cardiac conditions and heart disease in ways that could lower health care costs, reduce hospitalizations and improve survival. For physicians, the findings give them new ways to think about how to treat patients with heart conditions.

"What we unveiled at ACC demonstrates the unique potential our devices have to improve the everyday lives of people with cardiovascular conditions," said Dr. Mark Carlson, divisional vice president and chief medical officer, Cardiac Arrhythmias and Heart Failure, Abbott. "We're pleased with the research and clinical study outcomes in terms of improving patient care and earning the trust of medical professionals looking for the leading treatments for their patients."

Continued Innovation to Help People

With 121 million Americans having some form of cardiovascular disease and nearly 6 million Americans affected by heart failure today – a figure that is forecast to grow to 8 million by 2030 – the urgency for more effective devices will only increase.

Abbott's portfolio of devices each address aspects of cardiovascular health and continue to build the company's leadership in one of the fast-growing segments of medicine. The clinical trial results revealed at ACC included:

  • Two data sets backing Abbott's MitraClip device for mitral valve repair for patients with heart failure and secondary mitral regurgitation. The initial data from the COAPT study showed MitraClip was superior to medical therapy for treating select heart failure patients, and the latest data gave further evidence supporting the device's effectiveness With the recent U.S. regulatory approval for an expanded indication for MitraClip, the treatment's appeal has expanded significantly to improve quality of life for heart failure patients compared with other treatments. MitraClip is likely to reach 2-3 times as many people with this news, which solidifies its position in the fast-growing Structural Heart segment that is among Abbott's best-performing businesses.
  • More data from the MOMENTUM 3 study evaluating two-year survival of 1,028 study participants who received either Abbott's HeartMate 3 heart pump or Abbott's HeartMate II. Since its launch, the HeartMate 3 heart pump has built upon the success of the HeartMate II, the previous gold standard in mechanical circulatory support. MOMENTUM 3 is the world's largest randomized controlled study of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy to date, and the results for HeartMate 3 showed best-in-class survival rate and the lowest published rates of stroke and thrombosis (blood clots).
  • The latest research for Abbott's CardioMEMS HF System, the world's only commercially approved pulmonary artery pressure sensor. To date, data for CardioMEMS has been shown to yield significant reductions in heart failure rehospitalization for people with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure. Abbott's CardioMEMS System enables physicians to remotely monitor by tracking changes in pulmonary pressure – a sign of worsening heart failure – and appropriately treat them before symptoms progress.
  • Finally, research from Japan supporting Abbott's XIENCE drug eluting coronary stents. The randomized study looked at 3,009 patients treated with dual antiplatelet therapy following percutaneous coronary intervention procedures with XIENCE at one month versus 12 months. The new data enhances understanding around the possibility of decreasing the duration of these medications that can reduce clotting but also carry a risk of increased bleeding.

With this expanding line of medical devices aimed at improving cardiovascular health, Abbott will build on its market-leading position to improve patient care. More life-changing improvements are coming from the company's development pipeline, part of the measured strategy to sustain Abbott's revenue growth for years to come.

1Source: https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/news/cardiovascular-devices-market

About the COAPT Trial
In the COAPT (Cardiovascular Outcomes Assessment of the MitraClip Percutaneous Therapy for Heart Failure Patients with Functional Mitral Regurgitation) Trial, 614 symptomatic heart failure patients with moderate-to-severe or severe secondary MR were randomized to receive treatment with MitraClip plus guideline-directed medical therapy or guideline-directed medical therapy alone at 78 sites in the U.S. and Canada. Eligible patients had diseased heart muscle, known as dilated cardiomyopathy that reduced the amount of blood pumped from the left ventricle; and moderate-to-severe or severe MR assessed by the American Society of Echocardiography guidelines that remained symptomatic despite maximally-tolerated medical therapy and cardiac resynchronization therapy (if appropriate).10,11 Mean patient age was 72.2 years, and 64 percent were male.

The primary efficacy endpoint in the COAPT Trial was all heart failure hospitalizations through two years, and the primary safety endpoint was freedom from device-related complications at one year compared to a performance goal of 88 percent. Secondary endpoints included all-cause mortality at two years, change in quality-of-life at one year, change in functional capacity (six minute walk distance) at one year, MR severity at one year and left ventricle size at one year. The COAPT Trial met its primary endpoints and all 10 secondary endpoints as presented during the TCT cardiology meeting in Sept. 2018 and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.12

About MitraClip
MitraClip received CE Mark in Europe in 2008 and was approved by the FDA in 2013 for primary MR prohibitive risk patients (patients not eligible for open-heart surgery). The FDA approved an expanded indication for MitraClip to treat secondary MR in March 2019. Delivered through a minimally invasive catheter, MitraClip secures a portion of the leaflets of the mitral valve with an implanted clip, allowing the heart to pump blood more efficiently throughout the body, thereby relieving the symptoms of MR and improving patient quality of life.

Patients with MR are often not eligible for standard-of-care surgery because of advanced age, frailty, multiple comorbidities or other complicating factors, and the therapy offers a minimally invasive alternative. The transcatheter clip-based therapy, now on a third generation of product innovations, has been used to treat over 80,000 people with MR worldwide for over 10 years.

About Abbott's HeartMate 3 LVAD
Abbott's HeartMate 3 LVAD is a small, implantable mechanical circulatory support device for advanced heart failure patients who are awaiting transplantation or are not candidates for heart transplantation. It is the first commercially approved (CE Mark and FDA approved) LVAD with Full MagLev™ technology, designed to minimize complications and restore blood flow. The HeartMate 3 system utilizes Full MagLev technology, which allows the device's rotor to be "suspended" by magnetic forces. This design aims to reduce trauma to blood passing through the pump and improve outcomes for patients.

About Abbott's Heart Failure Portfolio
Abbott is pioneering heart failure disease management with innovative solutions like the CardioMEMS HF System, ground-breaking quadripolar pacing technology, our first-to-market MultiPoint™ pacing technology and, in select European markets and the U.S, the HeartMate™ 3 left ventricular assist system. Abbott collaborates with heart failure specialists, clinicians and advocacy partners to provide innovative, cost-effective solutions that help reduce hospitalizations and improve patient quality of life for heart failure patients around the world.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/abbott-/, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

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The MitraClip™ NTR/XTR System is indicated for the percutaneous reduction of significant symptomatic mitral regurgitation (MR ≥ 3+) due to primary abnormality of the mitral apparatus [degenerative MR] in patients who have been determined to be at prohibitive risk for mitral valve surgery by a heart team, which includes a cardiac surgeon experienced in mitral valve surgery and a cardiologist experienced in mitral valve disease, and in whom existing comorbidities would not preclude the expected benefit from reduction of the mitral regurgitation.

The MitraClip™ NTR/XTR System, when used with maximally tolerated guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT), is indicated for the treatment of symptomatic, moderate-to-severe or severe secondary (or functional) mitral regurgitation (MR; MR ≥ Grade III  per American Society of Echocardiography criteria) in patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥ 20% and ≤ 50%, and a left ventricular end systolic dimension (LVESD) ≤ 70 mm whose symptoms and MR severity persist despite maximally tolerated GDMT as determined by a multidisciplinary heart team experienced in the evaluation and treatment of heart failure and mitral valve disease.


The MitraClip™ NTR/XTR System is contraindicated in patients with the following conditions:

Patients who cannot tolerate procedural anticoagulation or post procedural anti-platelet regimen

Active endocarditis of the mitral valve

Rheumatic mitral valve disease

Evidence of intracardiac, inferior vena cava (IVC) or femoral venous thrombus


DO NOT use MitraClip™ outside of the labeled indication.

The MitraClip™ Implant should be implanted with sterile techniques using fluoroscopy and echocardiography (e.g., transesophageal [TEE] and transthoracic [TTE]) in a facility with on-site cardiac surgery and immediate access to a cardiac operating room.

Read all instructions carefully.  Failure to follow these instructions, warnings and precautions may lead to device damage, user injury or patient injury. Use universal precautions for biohazards and sharps while handling the MitraClip™ System to avoid user injury.

Use of the MitraClip™ should be restricted to those physicians trained to perform invasive endovascular and transseptal procedures and those trained in the proper use of the system.

The Clip Delivery System is provided sterile and designed for single use only.  Cleaning, re-sterilization and / or reuse may result in infections, malfunction of the device or other serious injury or death.

Use caution when treating patients with hemodynamic instability requiring inotropic support or mechanical heart assistance due to the increased risk of mortality in this patient population. The safety and effectiveness of MitraClip™ in these patients has not been evaluated.


Note the product “Use by” date specified on the package.

Inspect all product prior to use. Do not use if the package is open or damaged, or if product is damaged.

Prohibitive Risk Primary (or degenerative) Mitral Regurgitation

Prohibitive risk is determined by the clinical judgment of a heart team, including a cardiac surgeon experienced in mitral valve surgery and a cardiologist experienced in mitral valve disease, due to the presence of one or more of the following documented surgical risk factors:

30-day STS predicted operative mortality risk score of

≥8% for patients deemed likely to undergo mitral valve replacement or

≥6% for patients deemed likely to undergo mitral valve repair

Porcelain aorta or extensively calcified ascending aorta.

Frailty (assessed by in-person cardiac surgeon consultation).

Hostile chest

Severe liver disease / cirrhosis (MELD Score > 12)

Severe pulmonary hypertension (systolic pulmonary artery pressure > 2/3 systemic pressure)

Unusual extenuating circumstance, such as right ventricular dysfunction with severe tricuspid regurgitation, chemotherapy for malignancy, major bleeding diathesis, immobility, AIDS, severe dementia, high risk of aspiration, internal mammary artery(IMA) at high risk of injury, etc.

Evaluable data regarding safety or effectiveness is not available for prohibitive risk DMR patients with an LVEF < 20% or an LVESD > 60 mm.  MitraClip® should be used only when criteria for clip suitability for DMR have been met.

The heart team should include a cardiac surgeon experienced in mitral valve surgery and a cardiologist experienced in mitral valve disease and may also include appropriate physicians to assess the adequacy of heart failure treatment and valvular anatomy.

Secondary Mitral Regurgitation

Evaluable data regarding safety or effectiveness is not available for secondary MR patients with an LVEF < 20% or an LVESD > 70 mm.

The multidisciplinary heart team should be experienced in the evaluation and treatment of heart failure and mitral valve disease and determine that symptoms and MR severity persist despite maximally tolerated GDMT.


The following ANTICIPATED EVENTS have been identified as possible complications of the

MitraClipTM procedure.

Death; Allergic reaction (anesthetic, contrast, Heparin, nickel alloy, latex); Aneurysm or pseudo-aneurysm; Arrhythmias; Atrial fibrillation; Atrial septal defect requiring intervention; Arterio-venous fistula; Bleeding;

Cardiac arrest; Cardiac perforation; Cardiac tamponade / Pericardial Effusion; Chordal entanglement / rupture; Coagulopathy; Conversion to standard valve surgery; Deep venous thrombus (DVT); Dislodgement of previously implanted devices; Dizziness; Drug reaction to anti-platelet / anticoagulation agents / contrast

media; Dyskinesia; Dyspnea; Edema; Emboli (air, thrombus, MitraClipTM Implant); Emergency cardiac surgery; Endocarditis; Esophageal irritation; Esophageal perforation or stricture; Failure to deliver MitraClipTM to the intended site; Failure to retrieve MitraClipTM System components; Fever or hyperthermia; Gastrointestinal bleeding or infarct; Hematoma; Hemolysis; Hemorrhage requiring transfusion; Hypotension / hypertension; Infection; Injury to mitral valve complicating or preventing later surgical repair; Lymphatic complications; Mesenteric ischemia; MitraClipTM Implant erosion, migration or malposition; MitraClipTM Implant thrombosis; MitraClipTM System component(s) embolization; Mitral stenosis; Mitral valve injury; Multi-system organ failure; Myocardial infarction; Nausea / vomiting; Pain; Peripheral ischemia; Prolonged angina; Prolonged ventilation; Pulmonary congestion; Pulmonary thrombo-embolism; Renal insufficiency or failure; Respiratory failure / atelectasis / pneumonia; Septicemia; Shock, Anaphylactic or Cardiogenic; Single leaflet device attachment (SLDA); Skin injury or tissue changes due to exposure to ionizing radiation; Stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA); Urinary tract infection; Vascular trauma, dissection or occlusion; Vessel spasm; Vessel perforation or laceration; Worsening heart failure; Worsening mitral regurgitation; Wound dehiscence