Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapies for the Tricuspid Valve

As one of the highest volume and most experienced transcatheter tricuspid valve programs in the nation, Northwestern Medicine continues to expand its Transcatheter Heart Valve Program by offering a wide array of clinical trials for the tricuspid valve, including Cardioband TR EFS and CLASP II TR Pivotal.


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Charles J. Davidson, MD 
Interventional Cardiology

Clinical Trials

Tricuspid Valve – Cardioband TR EFS, PASCAL CLASP TR EFS

S. Chris Malaisrie, MD 
 Cardiac Surgery

Clinical Trials

Tricuspid Valve – 

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Transcatheter Tricuspid Heart Valve Therapies: Setting the Pace With “First in Human” Clinical Trials 

Tricuspid valve disease impacts 1.6 million people in the United States each year. Tricuspid valve regurgitation occurs when the tricuspid valve does not close completely, allowing blood to flow backward or “leak,” creating symptoms that include shortness of breath, fatigue and abnormal heart rhythms. Because medical therapy to treat tricuspid valve regurgitation is often ineffective and surgical repair is associated with a high complication rate, transcatheter treatment options are ideal for the tricuspid valve. 

The Transcatheter Heart Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine offers a variety of transcatheter clinical trial options for the tricuspid valve, allowing us to tailor treatment precisely to each patient’s individual needs. Northwestern Medicine has done three “first in human” transcatheter clinical trials related to the tricuspid valve, positioning our program to have the most experience with transcatheter tricuspid heart valve clinical trials in the country. Cardioband TR EFS and PASCAL CLASP TR EFS are transcatheter clinical trials for the tricuspid valve that work to decrease the size (annular reduction) of the tricuspid valve causing the regurgitation. Cardioband TR EFS treats tricuspid regurgitation by placing a ring around the tricuspid valve opening, helping the valve to close completely. PASCAL CLASP TR EFS treats tricuspid regurgitation by joining or clipping together a portion of the tricuspid valve, helping the valve to close completely. 

Transcatheter heart valve therapies are minimally invasive procedures to repair a diseased heart valve that involves threading a catheter (tube) through a small incision made in the skin. The device needed to repair the diseased valve is placed in the catheter and fed through a vein in the body until it reaches the diseased heart valve.

Transcatheter heart valve therapies offer some patients an alternative to open heart valve surgery. These minimally invasive transcatheter therapies allow the procedure to be performed while the patient’s heart is still beating, eliminating the need for a “bypass” machine and its associated risks. Due to the minimally invasive nature of transcatheter procedures, patients recover faster and experience an improvement in symptoms soon after the procedure is completed. 

Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Clinical Trial Options 

Researchers at Northwestern Medicine conduct clinical trials that provide access to innovative therapies for the treatment of heart and vascular disease. Participating in a clinical trial is an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of medications or study devices. The study devices and delivery systems used in the following clinical trials are investigational (experimental), which means they are not approved for commercial use by the U.S. FDA.

Meet the Team

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
 675 N. Saint Clair Street
 Galter Pavilion, Suite 19-100
 Chicago, IL 60611
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CLASP II TR Pivotal: enrolling patients to evaluate the Edwards PASCAL Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Repair System in patients with tricuspid regurgitation. The PASCAL tricuspid clip is an edge-to-edge valve repair with a spacer in the center of the clip that can treat both functional and degenerative tricuspid disease. Once attached to the leaflets, the PASCAL implant will act as a filler to help reduce tricuspid regurgitation.

Northwestern Medicine is also among the most experienced programs in the country for transcatheter treatment options for the aortic valve and the mitral valve.

Cardioband TR EFS: enrolling patients to evaluate the Edwards Cardioband Tricuspid Valve Reconstruction System (study device) in patients with tricuspid regurgitation. Eligible patients will have the Cardioband Implant delivered by a transfemoral approach (minimally invasive procedure through a puncture in the femoral vein in the leg). Once delivered, the Cardioband Implant will be positioned around the tricuspid valve and adjusted to reduce the size of the valve, thus improving the tricuspid regurgitation.

We are proud of our U.S. News & World Report cardiology and heart surgery program ranking – a reflection of the leading-edge services we offer and the results we achieve for our patients, their families and the region we serve. 

  • Among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation (#7) of 590 programs
  • Highest ranked cardiology and heart surgery program in Illinois, and the highest ranked program in the region including Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa
  • Achieved the highest available cardiology and heart surgery patient survival score (10 out of 10)

Laura J. Davidson, MD 
Interventional Cardiology

Clinical Trials

Tricuspid Valve – Cardioband TR EFS, PASCAL CLASP TR EFS