Update–October 8: Elizabeth Taylor sent a tweet on Thursday announcing that her procedure had been a success. Here is the tweet: “Dear Friends, My heart procedure went off perfectly. It’s like having a brand new ticker. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes.”
Update–October 7: CardioBrief has heard from a reliable source that Taylor will undergo her procedure today.
Providing proof positive that we live in a world no one could possibly have imagined only a few short years ago, Elizabeth Taylor today twittered the news that she was about to enter the hospital and receive an Evalve MitraClip mitral valve clipping procedure.
CardioBrief has learned that Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is the only hospital in the Los Angeles area that is working with the Evalve device.
Here are the two tweets:
Dear Friends, I would like to let you know before it gets in the papers that I am going into the hospital to have a procedure on my heart.
It’s very new and involves repairing my leaky valve using a clip device, without open heart surgery, so that my heart will function better.
Taylor’s announcement on Twitter has been widely reported in the media. Dr. Wes reported the news earlier and was probably the first to realize that she would be receiving the Evalve device. We wonder, however, how a busy EP like Dr. Wes manages to find time to read E Online. Dr. Wes noted that data on the valve has been published in JACC and, more recently, presented a few weeks ago at TCT.
Last month Abbott announced it was acquiring Evalve. Click here to read the press release.