The new Mitroflow with Phospholipid Reduction Treatment (PRT), a patented advanced tissue treatment, lowers phospholipid content, which was found in research to reduce calcium uptake by 99% compared with a control.

The Mitroflow valve has demonstrated excellent hemodynamic performance due to its proven design.

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia cardiac surgeon Dr Wilson Szeto said he is excited to begin implanting the new Mitroflow with PRT.

"Mitroflow has a history of excellent clinical results, and this treatment will help us to further improve the durability of the valve for my patients," Dr Szeto added.

According to the company, the combination of Mitroflow Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve with Sorin’s PRTwill help mitigate potential calcification and may further improve the tissue valve’s clinically proven outstanding durability.

Sorin Group Cardiac Surgery Business Unit president Michel Darnaud said the company is extremely pleased to receive FDA approval for the Mitroflow valve with PRT.

"There have been over 165,000 implants of Mitroflow valves worldwide, and Mitroflow with PRT has been well received in Europe since its launch in 2011," Darnaud added.

"We trust the proven excellent performance of Mitroflow and we are pleased to provide patients and cardiothoracic surgeons with PRT which will potentially advance the valve’s proven long-term durability."