SURGICAL VALVE SOLUTIONS

EPIC™ PLUS MITRAL AND AORTIC STENTED TISSUE VALVES

The latest generation of the Epic™ Platform continues the Epic product family’s history of excellence. The future-forward design of the Epic Plus mitral and aortic valves gives you and your patients more choices when it comes to preserving long-term treatment paths.

SURGICAL VALVE SOLUTIONS

EPIC™ PLUS MITRAL AND AORTIC STENTED TISSUE VALVES

The latest generation of the Epic™ Platform continues the Epic product family’s history of excellence. The future-forward design of the Epic Plus mitral and aortic valves gives you and your patients more choices when it comes to preserving long-term treatment paths.

MADE FOR WHAT’S AHEAD

Built on the proven legacy of its predecessors, the Epic™ Plus valve delivers everything you’ve come to expect from the Epic valve—plus significant improvements to radiopacity and implantability to enable future interventions and implantation for even the most challenging patient anatomies.

MITRAL

  • Low stent post height is less likely to obstruct the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT)1
  • Epic Plus valve leaflets are not prone to forming a curtain between stent posts when opened; curtaining can result in LVOT obstruction


     

AORTIC

  • Can withstand up to approximately 8 atm pressure during balloon valvuloplasty procedures3
  • Internally mounted leaflets and low stent post height reduce coronary obstruction4
  • Increased visibility at valve annulus and stent posts under fluoroscopy for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures

*For 27 mm valve size, measured from the farthest point of the cuff.

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  • Streamlined Customizable Implantation
    • Stent symmetry eliminates the need for specific orientation2
    • Flexible polymer stent offers more forgiving insertion and seating
    • Short rinse time of 2 x 10 seconds2
    • Epic Plus Mitral valve ratcheting holder reduces risk of suture looping and offers a true one-cut release
    • Epic Plus Platform cuff options allow for secure suture placement while limiting suture drag and parachuting forces
       
  • Exceptional durability across patient populations

    Linx™ anticalcification (AC) treatment may improve long-term performance and durability.*

    97.3 ± 0.5%

    Freedom from SVD,
    all patient ages
    (Epic Aortic VALVE)5

    95.7 ± 2.6%

    Freedom from SVD,
    all patient ages
    (Epic Mitral VALVE)5

    98.6 ± 0.8%

    Freedom from SVD,
    all patient ages
    (Epic Aortic &
    Epic Mitral Valve)5

    *There is no clinical data currently available that evaluates the long-term impact of anticalcification tissue treatment in humans.
    From stand-alone aortic or mitral valve replacements.
     

Surgical valve treatment for mitral and aortic valve disease

The Epic™ Plus Mitral stented tissue valve is indicated for patients requiring replacement of a diseased, damaged, or malfunctioning native mitral heart valve. It may also be used to replace a previously implanted prosthetic mitral valve.

The Epic™ Plus Supra stented tissue valve is indicated for patients requiring replacement of a diseased, damaged, or malfunctioning native aortic heart valve. It may also be used to replace a previously implanted prosthetic aortic valve.

Data suggest many patients with degenerative mitral valve disease do not receive state-of-the-art care.6 While mitral valve repair is typically the treatment of choice to treat mitral valve dysfunction, it is not always feasible.
 

  • Considerations when selecting bioprosthestic valve candidates7

    A bioprosthetic mitral or aortic valve may be a recommended option for patients under the following AHA/ACC treatment guidelines7:

    • Patients with a contraindication for anticoagulation therapy or an anticipated nonadherence or inability to regulate vitamin K antagonists
    • Patients over 70 years of age
    • For patients 50-65 years of age, there is no clear consensus on choosing a mechanical vs a tissue valve; newer-generation tissue prostheses may show greater freedom from structural deterioration, often for older patients

    Mitral valve replacement

    • Chronic, severe mitral regurgitation (MR) patients undergoing cardiac surgery for other indications7
    • Symptomatic patients with chronic, severe MR (stage D) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) > 30%7
    • Asymptomatic patients with chronic, severe MR and LV dysfunction (LVEF 30%-60% and/or LV end-systolic diameter ≥ 40 mm, stage C2)9
    • Advanced endocarditis9

     

    Aortic valve replacement

    • Symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) (Stage D) who meet an indication for aortic valve replacement with low-to-intermediate surgical risk7
    • Asymptomatic patients with severe AS (Stage C) who meet an indication for aortic valve replacement with low-to-intermediate surgical risk7
    • Severe AS (stage C or D) when undergoing cardiac surgery for other indications when there is decreased systolic opening of a calcified aortic valve with an aortic velocity ≥ 4.0 m per second or mean pressure gradient ≥ 40 mmHg8

The Platform for Possibility

The Epic™ Platform has been proven over time and defined by strong hemodynamics, intuitive implantability, a future-forward design, and more. The platform boasts the lowest ventricular protrusion in all valve sizes, a flexible polymer stent, individually selected porcine leaflets to ensure optimal coaptation, and a flexible sewing cuff designed to minimize both in-implant suture drag and post-implant paravalvular leak.

 

  • Epic™ Plus Supra Aortic Stented Tissue Valve Features
    • Silicone-Filled Cuff
    • FlexFitTM Polymer Stent
    • Unique Pericardial Shield
    • Flexible Cuff
    • Low Stent Post Height
    • Allows for supra-annular implantation

      • Withstands approximately 8 atm pressure during balloon valvuloplasty procedures1
      • Eases implant
      • Accommodates MIS procedures
    • Provides a tissue-to-tissue interface to help prevent the risk of abrasion

    • Mitigates PVL and easily fits patient anatomy

    • Mitigates risk of coronary obstruction

    EPIC™ SUPRA AORTIC STENTED TISSUE VALVE FEATURES

    Epic Plus Supra aortic stented tissue valve features
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    1. SILICONE-FILLED CUFF

      Allows for supra-annular implantation

    2. FLEXFIT™ POLYMER STENT

      • Withstands approximately 8 atm pressure during balloon valvuloplasty procedures1
      • Eases implant
      • Accommodates MIS procedures.
    3. UNIQUE PERICARDIAL SHIELD

      Provides a tissue-to-tissue interface to help prevent the risk of abrasion

    4. FLEXIBLE CUFF

      Mitigates PVL and easily fits patient anatomy

    5. LOW STENT POST HEIGHT

      Mitigates risk of coronary obstruction

  • Epic™ Plus Mitral Stented Tissue Valve Features
    • Optimal Leaflet Design and Matching
    • Low Ventricular Protrusion
    • FlexFitTM Polymer Stent
    • Unique Pericardial Shield
    • Flexible Cuff
    • Ratcheting Holder
    • Reduces regurgitation risk

    • Avoids LVOT obstruction

      • Withstands approximately 8 atm pressure during balloon valvuloplasty procedures1
      • Eases implant
      • Accommodates MIS procedures.
    • Provides a tissue-to-tissue interface to help prevent the risk of abrasion

    • Mitigates PVL and easily fits patient anatomy

    • Streamlines implant, reduces risk of suture looping, and offers true one cut holder release

    EPIC™ MITRAL STENTED TISSUE VALVE FEATURES

    Epic Plus Supra mitral stented tissue valve features
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    1. OPTIMAL LEAFLET DESIGN AND MATCHING

      Reduces regurgitation risk

    2. LOW VENTRICULAR PROTRUSION

      Avoids LVOT obstruction

    3. FLEXFIT™ POLYMER STENT

      • Withstands approximately 8 atm pressure during balloon valvuloplasty procedures1
      • Eases implant
      • Accommodates MIS procedures.
    4. UNIQUE PERICARDIAL SHIELD

      Provides a tissue-to-tissue interface to help prevent the risk of abrasion

    5. FLEXIBLE CUFF

      Mitigates PVL and easily fits patient anatomy

    6. RATCHETING HOLDER

      Streamlines implant, reduces risk of suture looping, and offers true one cut holder release

  • Flexible Design Now and Later

    Curtaining is a characteristic of bioprosthetic valves in which the leaflets, when opened, stand tall or form a “curtain” between stent posts.10,* Epic/Epic Plus Mitral leaflets are not prone to curtaining, which can result in less LVOT obstruction.10,*,†

    Leaflet behavior when opened

    *Results based on internal testing.
    The Epic and Epic Plus valves are designed to the same specifications for dimension and tissue behavior.
    Indicates a third-party trademark, which is property of its respective owner.

Leaflet Behavior Porcine vs. Pericardial Surgical Valves

  • Preserving the LVOT

    *For 27 mm valve size, measured from the farthest point of the cuff.
    Indicates a third-party trademark, which is property of its respective owner.

  • Anticalcification Advantages

    Abbott’s unique Linx AC technology—to promote anticalcification*—is designed to improve long-term performance and valve durability. The Linx AC treatment has demonstrated resistance to calcification by:

    • Extracting lipids13
    • Reducing free aldehydes14,15
    • Minimizing cholesterol uptake16
    • Stabilizing leaflet collagen16


    *No clinical data currently available have evaluated the long-term impact of anticalcification tissue treatment in humans.​​​​​​​

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