Mitral Regurgitation is now Treatable without Open Heart Surgery

This means patients with a "leaky" mitral valve who are unable to undergo surgery no longer have to suffer from the condition.    

The mitral valve of the heart, located between the two left chambers, has the task of ensuring that blood flows in only one direction. It does this by opening and closing leaflets of tissue. When these two leaflets fail to fully close, blood leaks backward inside your heart. This condition, sometimes referred to as a "leaky" valve," is called mitral regurgitation.

Mitral regurgitation places extra burden on your heart and lungs, and people with this condition can develop an enlarged heart or experience heart failure, as a result.

Previously, open heart surgery was needed to fix this condition. 

The MitraClip(R), 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.

Patients who were studied 1 year after the MitraClip procedure continued to experience improvement in their quality of life and ability to perform day-to-day tasks. They also had fewer visits to the hospital for complications due to heart failure.

Click here to see our first patient one-week after surgery.

The MitraClip procedure is a service provided by Providence's Structural Heart Program.  For more information about the program, call 803-673-0925.