Letter by Fukunaga and Rao Regarding Article, “Transcatheter Treatment of Severe Tricuspid Regurgitation With the Edge-to-Edge MitraClip Technique”
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To the Editor:
We read with great interest a research article describing clinical outcomes after transcatheter treatment of severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR) with the MitraClip technique.1 Sixty-four patients with a mean age of 76.6 years who were considered unsuitable for surgery participated in this study. Sixty patients (93%) were in New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or IV. A history of previous cardiac surgery or valve intervention was recognized in 73% of patients. All the candidates presented with some symptoms related to severe TR. No intraoperative deaths, cardiac tamponade, conversion to open-heart surgery, stroke, myocardial infarction, …