Providence Health Implants First MitraClip in the Midlands

October 25, 2017

MitraClip entering the heartOn October 24, 2017, Providence Health introduced yet another first for the Midlands by implanting the region’s first MitraClip device.

The MitraClip is a ground-breaking new offering for select patients experiencing a "leak" in their mitral valve. The mitral valve is designed to pump blood in one direction through the heart. When there is a leak, blood can flow backwards, resulting in symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, heart palpitations, or even swollen feet or ankles.

Previously, in order to treat a leaky mitral valve, patients would need open heart surgery to repair or replace the damaged valve, resulting in many days in the hospital with a more challenging recovery time.

The MitraClip made by Abbott, however, treats the condition with a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure using a catheter introduced through a vessel in the patient's leg to implant the device.

Due to the minimally-invasive nature of this new procedure, Providence can now treat for this condition in patients who are older or have other co-existing conditions. These patients may have been ineligible for the previous, higher-risk surgical treatment options.

“The MitraClip addition enhances the continuum of care provided by the Providence Structural Heart Program,” said Dr. Garrison Morgan, cardiologist at Providence Health. “It is an honor to be able to be the first structural heart disease program in the Midlands to provide such a broad range of quality, minimally-invasive treatment options for cardiovascular concerns to the patients of South Carolina.”

Patients interested in pursuing this treatment option can discuss it with their doctors or contact the Providence Heart Structural Heart program by calling 803-673-0925.

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Dr. Garrison Morgan Implants first MitraClip device with Providence HealthDr. Morgan received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine here in Columbia.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland/Univ of South Carolina before continuing his training at the Medical College of Georgia, where he completed his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases. He went on to finish a sub-specialty fellowship in Interventional and Structural Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida/Columbia University where he completed comprehensive training in the treatment of complex coronary artery disease as well as newly emerging therapies in percutaneous structural/valvular heart disease. He is currently board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, and has professional affiliations with the American Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Association, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Morgan has given multiple lectures and presentations at local and national medical conferences and has published numerous papers on various cardiovascular topics in his areas of interest.