Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair With MitraClip®
Approximately half of heart failure patients suffer from mitral valve regurgitation, a condition indicated by degeneration of the mitral valve that causes the valve to bellow back into the left atrium with each heartbeat, allowing blood to leak backward through the mitral valve. This condition can potentially cause fluid backup into the lungs. Symptoms may be minimal at first and but eventually can include fatigue, shortness of breath, or a rapid, fluttering heartbeat.
Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) with MitraClip® is a minimally invasive procedure that closes the center of the mitral valve and reduces the leak. In the case of high-risk patients unable to undergo open heart surgery, MitraClip provides a minimally invasive option that can drastically improve outcomes in even the frailest patient.
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