CE mark for 27mm and 29mm of Portico TAVI valves


St Jude Medical has received the CE mark for its 27mm and 29mm Portico transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) devices. The company says that it is now able to offer a full portfolio of Portico sizing options for physicians treating patients with aortic stenosis. It adds that the latest approval increases patient access to the Portico system, a TAVI valve that provides excellent patient outcomes and the opportunity to optimise device placement.

A press release reports that the approval follows previous approvals of the 23mm and 25mm Portico valves, allowing the company to offer physicians an expanded range of fully repositionable, retrievable TAVI valve sizes. The Portico valve accommodates a patient’s native anatomy with diameters ranging from 19mm to 27mm.

Helge Mollmann, the cardiology head of Transcatheter Valve Therapies at Kerckhoff Heart Center Bad Nauheim, Germany, says: “Transcatheter aortic valve implantation has revolutionised how we treat patients with aortic stenosis, and by offering a complete portfolio of Portico valve sizing options, St. Jude Medical has further helped broaden the patient population that can be treated with this family of valves.”