FDA Approves Medtronic CoreValve™ Evolut™ Pro Transcatheter Valve

Medtronic plc has gained U.S. FDA approval and has announced the U.S. launch of its CoreValve™ Evolut™ PRO valve for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis for symptomatic patients who are at high or extreme risk for open heart surgery.


The CoreValve Evolut PRO is Medtronic’s new self-expanding, recapturable transcatheter heart valve. Its approval comes on the heels of new 30-day clinical data that was unveiled at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 66th Annual Scientific Session, which showed high survival, low rates of stroke, minimal paravalvular leak (PVL) and excellent hemodynamics.

Built on the proven platform of the recapturable CoreValve Evolut R System, the Evolut PRO valve includes a self-expanding nitinol frame with its supra-annular valve position that helps achieve excellent hemodynamic performance. Its unique design features an outer wrap that adds surface area contact between the valve and the native aortic annulus to further advance valve sealing performance. The biocompatible porcine pericardial tissue wrap, in addition to other design elements, is incorporated to address the occurrence of blood leaking through the sides of the valve.

The Evolut PRO Clinical Study (N=60) met its primary endpoint at 30 days with high rates of survival (98.3 percent) and low rates of disabling stroke (1.7 percent). It also showed strong hemodynamic performance with large aortic valve areas (2.0 ± 0.5 cm2) and mean gradients in the single digits (6.4 ± 2.1 mm Hg) at 30 days. The majority of study subjects (72.4 percent) experienced no/trace PVL and no incidents of moderate or severe PVL were observed at 30 days.

Additionally, improving on the already low rates seen in Evolut R clinical studies and real-world TVT and FORWARD registries, the rate of new pacemaker implantation was 10 percent.

The 23 mm, 26 mm and 29 mm sizes of the Evolut PRO System are immediately available for use in the United States, but not yet available in other countries.

Investigator comments

“Based on my experience implanting the Evolut PRO valve during the clinical study, I’ve been impressed by the clinical outcomes achieved in our patients,” said Mathew Williams, M.D., chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery and director of Interventional Cardiology and the Heart Valve Program at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. “This innovation represents an important advantage over previous generations of this device, as it can help assist with adequate sealing even in complex cases.”

“The 30-day clinical outcomes presented at ACC demonstrate the Evolut PRO valve to be an outstanding treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at a high or extreme risk for surgery,” said John Forrest, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., who presented the data at the meeting.

Company comments

“Medtronic remains committed to working with interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to deliver solutions that address patient needs with the safety and performance profile they expect from Medtronic,” said Rhonda Robb, vice president and general manager of the Heart Valve Therapies business, a part of Medtronic’s Cardiac and Vascular Group. “We are excited to introduce the next evolution of our Evolut TAVR platform to provide physicians with a comprehensive portfolio to address their patients’ needs.”

Source: Medtronic, plc

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