Newest Generation Heart Valve Repair Device - MitraClip
Mitral regurgitation, a condition affecting your heart’s mitral valve, affects one in 10 adults over age 75 worldwide. Cardiologist Dr. Dane Ballard and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. David Talton (both wearing green scrubs) and NMMC’s Heart and Vascular Institute Surgical Services and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory teams recently implanted the newest generation of a heart valve repair device with enhanced precision capabilities – MitraClip™ – to treat mitral regurgitation. Your mitral valve is located between your heart's two left chambers and has two flaps of tissue, called leaflets, that open and close to ensure that blood flows in only one direction. When this valve fails to close completely, blood leaks backward inside your heart—a condition called mitral regurgitation.
The condition places an extra burden on your heart and lungs and, left untreated, can cause more serious problems such as heart failure. Medications help manage symptoms but do not address the underlying problem. Doctors may recommend open-heart surgery to fix the mitral valve, but not everyone is a candidate for surgery because of advanced age, advanced heart failure or other serious medical conditions. NMMC offers a less-invasive treatment option called transcatheter mitral valve repair using MitraClip.
Unlike surgery, the MitraClip procedure does not require opening your chest and temporarily stopping your heart. Instead, doctors access the mitral valve with a thin tube (called a catheter) that is guided through a vein in your leg to reach your heart. The MitraClip device is attached to your mitral valve and allows it to close more completely, helping to restore normal blood flow through your heart.
Patients usually go home from the hospital within two to three days and experience improvement in their symptoms and quality of life soon after the procedure. For more information, call Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic of North Mississippi at (662) 377-7170. #ConnectNMMC