The mitral valve can become leaky (mitral regurgitation) due to incomplete closure. When this happens, blood flows backwards into the lungs and can weaken the heart or produce symptoms such as fatigue or shortness of breath. Mitral regurgitation can be treated with surgical repair or replacement. Unfortunately, many patients are not good candidates for conventional open-heart surgery. With transcatheter mitral valve repair, small clips are introduced via a flexible tube called a catheter and are placed across the mitral valve leaflets. The clips bring the leaflets together and allow them to close more completely. The procedure is done via a small puncture in the groin and does not require open-heart surgery or stopping the heart. Most patients are walking on the same day of the procedure and can be discharged on the following day. Prior to undergoing the procedure, you will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team to ensure that this is the best treatment for you.
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