Until now, mitral valve surgery has been the only option for treating mitral regurgitation. If you are not a candidate for surgery, you now have a less-invasive treatment option.
Considering any type of procedure can be stressful for both patients and caregivers, but knowing the facts about the MitraClip procedure can help alleviate anxiety:
MitraClip is a form of transcatheter mitral valve repair. It is generally performed in a hybrid suite under general anesthesia while a ventilator helps you breathe. Using a fluoroscopy (type of x-ray) and echocardiography (heart ultrasound), the doctors can visualize your heart while inserting a catheter into the heart through a small incision in your upper leg. The catheter is used to place a clip onto your mitral valve to help it close. The doctor will perform some tests to be sure the clip is working properly. The implanted clip becomes a part of your heart and you will need to carry a card so you can inform doctors about your MitraClip.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.