Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Learn About Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Mitral valve regurgitation is leakage of blood backward through the mitral valve each time the left ventricle contracts. A leaking mitral valve allows blood to flow in two directions during the contraction. Some blood flows from the ventricle through the aortic valve — as it should — and some blood flows back into the atrium. You may feel tired and out of breath.
If regurgitation is severe, increased pressure may result in congestion (or fluid build-up) in the lungs. It can cause congestive heart failure and possibly pulmonary hypertension





Treatment for Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Treatment for mild mitral valve regurgitation may include medications to thin your blood. If it is more severe, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace the mitral valve. For some patients, surgery is not an option. For those patients we offer the MitraClip procedure.

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MitraClip - Treatment for Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Our heart team at CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute offers the MitraClip for patients who have severe Mitral Valve Regurgitation and are not able to have mitral valve surgery. This option is less-invasive and the procedure is called transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) with MitraClip therapy. Unlike surgery, the MitraClip procedure does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, 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.


With the MitraClip therapy you typically spend 2 to 3 days in the hospital but soon after the symptoms of mitral regurgitation should disappear and you can get back to doing the activities you enjoy. 


Procedures may vary from person to person, but patients are usually released from the hospital within 2 to 3 days
You should experience improvement in your symptoms of mitral regurgitation and quality of life soon after your procedure. 



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