Keeping the Doors to Your Heart Open
Heart valve disease refers to disorder of one or more of the heart’s four valves—the “doors” to your heart that ensure blood flows only forward. Heart valve disease is comprised of valvular stenosis (tissue becomes stiffer and narrows the opening) or valvular insufficiency (“leaky” valve when valves don’t close properly). Heart valve disease can be present at birth or acquired.
Symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness and swelling of feet, ankles or abdomen. Diagnostic tests include echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization and many others. Treatment includes medication and surgery.
MitraClip®: Small Device. Huge Success.
What is the MitraClip®?
The MitraClip® is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat patients with mitral valve regurgitation. A specially designed device is implanted in the heart and connects to areas of the mitral valve to significantly reduce the backflow of blood and decrease the risk of heart failure. Your surgeon will be able to position and reposition the device in real-time.
How to know if you’re a good candidate for the MitraClip®?
If you are a high-risk candidate for traditional surgery options like open-heart surgery, the MitraClip® may be a good alternative. Our multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists will work together to diagnose you and determine the best treatment plan.
How does the MitraClip® work?
When blood pumps through your heart, it travels from one chamber to the next, moving oxygen throughout. Flaps of tissue called leaflets are located between each chamber, acting as doors that close tightly after each pump. They prevent the oxygenated blood from moving backwards. Mitral regurgitation means the leaflets are not properly sealed, allowing blood to leak and fall out of sequence. During your procedure, one of our talented interventional cardiologists will implant the MitraClip® device through a needle puncture in the skin. A catheter will guide the MitraClip® through your heart and attach it to the leaflets like a clothespin clipping two pieces of fabric. This will ensure the valves are closed, resulting in fewer hospitalizations, a decreased risk of heart failure, and a reduction in leaking.