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Abbott’s MitraClip System is a breakthrough non-surgical device that has transformed the treatment of mitral regurgitation (MR) for people who are too frail for open-heart surgery or those who elect not to undergo surgery. MR is a dangerous condition that occurs when blood flows backward between two of the heart’s chambers. Because the heart must work harder to push blood through the body, patients experience fatigue, shortness of breath, increased vulnerability to heart failure and potentially death. Being treated with the MitraClip device reduces the severity of MR, improves physical health and vitality, and decreases recovery time compared to open-heart surgery. The MitraClip System is a proven treatment option that has treated more than 25,000 people in 40 countries around the world.