The mitral valve is located between your heart’s two left chambers and consists of two flaps of tissue — called leaflets — that open and close to ensure that blood flows in only one direction.
When the mitral valve fails to close completely, blood leaks backward inside your heart — a condition called mitral regurgitation.
Acute mitral regurgitation places an extra burden on your heart and lungs. Over time, some people may develop an enlarged heart because it has to work harder to pump blood through the body. If left untreated, mitral regurgitation can cause other, more serious problems to your heart such as heart failure, a condition that occurs when your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the needs of your body.
Mitral regurgitation can be repaired in a new, less invasive way using a breakthrough device called MitraClip®. At Vassar Brothers Medical Center you or your loved one can receive this innovative repair technique even if you are too weak for open heart surgery.
Unlike surgery, the MitraClip procedure does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, our cardiac doctors access the mitral valve with a thin tube (called a catheter) that is guided through a vein in your leg to reach your heart. The MitraClip device is a small clip that is attached to your mitral valve via a catheter. It treats mitral regurgitation by allowing your mitral valve to close more completely, helping to restore normal blood flow through your heart.
Post-Operative Benefits of MitraClip
Patients who were studied one year after the MitraClip procedure continued to experience improvement in their quality of life and in their ability to perform day-to-day tasks. They also had fewer visits to the hospital for complications due to heart failure.
Am I A Candidate?
If your doctor says that you have mitral valve regurgitation and are not a good candidate for open heart surgery, you may be eligible for MitraClip and can join the more than 50,000 patients worldwide who have been successfully treated with the MitraClip device. A better quality of life is available. Trust your heart to us.