Here at Georgia Heart Institute, our program brings together the expertise of specialized cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, all enriched with innovative new techniques and procedures, to ensure a lifetime of heart health for our patients.

A specialized treatment option for mitral valve regurgitation, MitraClip provides patients with a less invasive alternative than open heart surgery, limiting recovery times and providing an incredible option for so many patients who were not candidates for open surgery.

What is mitral valve regurgitation?

Mitral valve regurgitation is a common heart disorder that occurs when the mitral valve of the heart doesn’t close properly. The mitral valve is located on the left side of the heart, and blood flows through the valve to move from the left atrium to the left ventricle.

When a person has mitral valve regurgitation, blood flows backward into the atrium—instead of forward into the ventricle—as the heart contracts. This abnormal blood flow signals the heart to pump harder to get more blood out and into the body, which causes stress on the body.

What are the signs and symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation?

How would you know if your heart isn’t pumping blood effectively? For some people, mitral valve regurgitation occurs suddenly after a heart attack or structural problem related to the mitral valve. For many others, though, symptoms develop gradually.

People with mitral valve regurgitation may experience:

  • Shortness of breath, particularly during activity or when lying down
  • Fatigue, particularly during activity
  • Heart murmurs
  • Heart palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Swollen feet or legs

MitraClip at Georgia Heart Institute

Formally called transcatheter mitral valve repair with MitraClip therapy, the MitraClip procedure provides patients with a less-invasive treatment alternative to open heart surgery. For some, open heart surgery may be the best option, but for others, their current condition may require a less invasive approach.

During the procedure, a skilled interventional cardiologist threads a small tube (called a catheter) to your heart through a vein in your groin.  Using the catheter, the cardiologist places a small clip or multiple clips on the mitral valve to lessen or eliminate leakage.

The procedure has benefited many patients who would otherwise have had no option for treatment. These patients experience an improved quality of life and fewer hospitalizations for heart failure symptoms.

At Georgia Heart Institute, we have a specialized care team, including doctors specializing in structural heart disorders, a dedicated patient navigator and a program coordinator, all with specific expertise to help patients with complex heart conditions, like mitral valve regurgitation, find treatment options that can extend their life and improve their health.

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