The mitral valve controls blood flow from the left upper chamber into the left lower chamber of the heart. If the valve is diseased, it can leak blood back into the heart. This common condition is called mitral regurgitation. Mitral regurgitation causes excessive stress on the heart which over a period of time deteriorates the heart function. Patients can experience shortness of breath (congestive heart failure), excessive fatigue and decrease exercise tolerance. Untreated, mitral regurgitation can lead to poor quality of life and death.
Rather than an open-heart mitral valve replacement, doctors can perform a repair using the MitraClip device. This minimally invasive procedure implants a tiny clip where the leak occurs in the mitral valve. The clip holds the leaflets in place, fixing the valve and reducing mitral regurgitation (MR).
Our Structural Heart team includes cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons that work together to determine the best option for you. An appointment with a cardiovascular surgeon requires a referral from your cardiologist or primary care provider.
How it works:
- You will be placed under general anesthesia and your doctor will make a small incision.
- Your doctor will insert a small tube (about the size of a pencil) to deliver the MitraClip
- The delivery system will place the MitraClip at the site of leak and it will grasp the valve leaflets.
- Your MitraClip will immediately correct the leak and reduce blood back flow.
- Your doctor will make sure that the clip is in place and the leak has stopped before removing the tube.