Our Approach to Care
Mitral regurgitation is a debilitating, progressive disease where a leaky mitral valve causes a backward flow of blood in the heart. The condition affects nearly 4 million people in the United States and can lead to stroke and heart failure.
The MitraClip® is a device that cardiac specialists at CAMC use to perform a procedure called percutaneous mitral valve repair. This means surgeons use a needle instead of open surgery. This is ideal for patients who cannot have open-heart surgery due to other health complications.
The MitraClip® device is guided through a catheter in the leg to the heart. It “clips” the leaky portion of the valve to eliminate the backflow of blood. This restores normal blood flow through the heart.
This procedure has been shown to decrease the risk of heart failure, improve quality of life and reduce mitral regurgitation.