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St. Jude Medical launches Trifecta™ Tissue Valve

 "Trifecta™" - the new generation stented tissue valve from St Jude Medical - was officially unveiled at the recent EACTS meeting in Geneva. 

The Trifecta™ tissue valve is used to replace a patient’s diseased, damaged or malfunctioning aortic heart valve, which controls blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. The next-generation tissue valve has a tri-leaflet stented pericardial design which offers excellent hemodynamic performance, or nearly unobstructed blood flow, in order to mimic as closely as possible the flow of a natural, healthy heart. The unique valve design includes leaflets manufactured from pericardial tissue attached to the exterior of the valve stent which open more fully and efficiently to perform like a natural heart valve.  

Trifecta ValveFor more than 30 years, St. Jude Medical has offered patients the gold standard in mechanical heart valve performance and durability, and has developed the Trifecta™ valve using the same market-leading expertise. The valve’s titanium stent, which provides a fatigue resistant frame to support the valve within a patient’s heart, is covered with pericardial tissue to allow tissue-to-tissue contact when the leaflets open and close, which reduces the amount of wear and deterioration. Additional attributes contributing to the Trifecta™ valve’s durability include proprietary tissue fixation and St. Jude Medical’s patented Linx™ AC Technology, an anticalcification treatment designed to reduce tissue mineralization (hardening).  

“The Trifecta™ valve’s superior hemodynamic performance helps to make it very attractive for aortic valve replacement, especially in a small aortic annulus”, said Professor Volkmar Falk, Chair of the Division of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery at University Hospital Zurich. “The construction and design of the Trifecta™ valve allows it to work seamlessly with the patient’s heart to generate adequate blood flow, which can offer patients an improved quality of life.”  

With nearly 3.4 million patients in Europe suffering from aortic stenosis, the Trifecta™ valve is available in a wide range of sizes to offer physicians more control in choosing the appropriate replacement valve for each patient’s heart. The Trifecta™ stented tissue valve further expands St. Jude Medical’s valve product portfolio which includes market-leading mechanical heart valves, valve annuloplasty rings and porcine tissue valves with superior durability for both the aortic and mitral valve.   

Paul Cayard, world famous yachtsman with Mr Fabio Bartolozzi, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, The Galway Clinic at the launch of Trifecta

Pictured (left to right): Paul Cayard, world famous yachtsman with Mr Fabio Bartolozzi, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, The Galway Clinic, at the launch of theTrifecta Valve at EACTS in Geneva

 

“St. Jude Medical has long been dedicated to the development of heart valves that offer patients a best-in-class option for their care. For many years we have dedicated significant resources to develop better heart valve replacement technology, and the Trifecta valve is one culmination of that effort. Trifecta has been specifically designed for improved hemodynamics, durability and implantability, and we are proud to offer it to the cardiac surgery community” said Frank Callaghan, president of St. Jude Medical’s Cardiovascular Division. “The Trifecta™ valve marks an important milestone for St. Jude Medical, and it reflects our commitment to developing products which improve physician control, reduce patient risk and improve patient outcomes.” 

If you would like more information about the Trifecta™ valve, please go to the Trifecta Product Section.

 

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