New hope for those with heart condition

December 28, 2010 2:36:09 PM PST
There may be new hope for people who suffer from mitral valve regurgitation - when a leaky heart valve allows blood to flow backwards in your heart.

The traditional fix for a severe case is open heart surgery, but for some people that is not an option.

Now, doctors are testing an experimental clip.

The tiny device is threaded through an artery in the leg up to the heart and is placed on the leaky valve to close it.

So far studies show it works with no major side effects.

However, more long-term studies are still needed before it is approved in the U.S.