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A Minimally Invasive Treatment for Mitral Valve Repair

Mitral valve regurgitation (MR) is a condition in which one of your heart valves (the mitral valve) does not close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward into the left chamber of the heart. 

MR is the most common type of heart valve disease and can severely impact your quality of life. 

Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, cough, and swelling of the feet or ankles.

Because MR requires the heart to work harder, it may also raise the risk of irregular heartbeats, pulmonary hypertension, stroke and heart failure. 

Causes of MR include congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, rheumatic fever, trauma, and long-term use of certain medications. The condition often progresses slowly over time.

Approaches for managing MR include medications, open-heart mitral valve surgery, or a minimally invasive option that utilizes the MitraClip®. 

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR) Now Offered at Orlando Health

If your doctor determines that open-heart mitral valve surgery is not an option for you — due to your age, advanced heart failure or other serious medical conditions — you may be a candidate for a less-invasive treatment option called transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) utilizing the MitraClip device. 

Unlike surgery, this procedure does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, doctors access your heart through a vein in your leg to repair your mitral valve by implanting the MitraClip. The MitraClip closes the center of the mitral valve, allowing the heart to pump blood more efficiently.

To date, more than 20,000 patients have been treated with the MitraClip device worldwide. Clinical data from patients in the U.S. who have undergone the MitraClip TMVR procedure demonstrate a short average hospital stay of 2.9 days and an immediate improvement in quality of life.  

The TMVR procedure is not right for everyone. Discuss with your doctor how the risks of the MitraClip procedure compare with other options that may be available to you.

For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions about mitral valve regurgitation and the TMVR procedure.