LivaNova Bicarbon Aortic Valves Receive CE Mark for Expanded Use Labeling with Lower-Dose Blood Thinners in Low-Risk Patients
“When choosing a mechanical valve, patients look for a treatment option
which lasts for life. The lower INR range approval for LivaNova Bicarbon
Aortic Valves means patients now have a greater choice when selecting a
mechanical prosthesis, with the freedom to enjoy a more active,
confident lifestyle,” said
Patients with mechanical heart valves are at risk of blood clot formation (thrombosis and embolism). These patients are placed on lifelong anticoagulant therapy, which can cause side effects, including an increased bleeding risk. After implanting LivaNova Bicarbon aortic heart valves in patients at low risk for thromboembolic events, physicians can now work with a lower-range level of anticoagulant therapy (INR range of 1.5 to 2.5 with 1.9 median target), potentially reducing the risk of bleeding with no increased risk of blood clots.
In more than 25 years of clinical use and up to 17 years of published follow-up2, the Bicarbon family of mechanical valves has shown evidence of a very low incidence of thrombogenicity.
The expanded indication for the Company’s Bicarbon family of aortic heart valves is based on this evidence and the results from the LOWERING-IT trial where patients saw a 60 percent reduction in risk of bleeding3.
“Our experience from the LOWERING-IT trial with nearly 300 patients
implanted with Bicarbon aortic valves maintained with an INR close to
1.9, with a median follow-up of over five years was presented at the
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1. INR range 1.5-2.5 in patients at low risk for
thromboembolic events undergoing single mechanical aortic valve
2. Single center experience with the Sorin Bicarbon prosthesis: A 17-year clinical follow-up. Celiento et al. - J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014;148:2039-44
3. LOWERing the intensity of oral anticoagulant Therapy in patients with bileaflet mechanical aortic valve replacement: Results from the “LOWERING-IT” Trial. Torella et al. - Am Heart J 2010;160:171-8
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