Repairing a Heart Valve with MitraClip™
Baptist Health Floyd: Repairing a Heart Valve with MitraClip
The MitraClip procedure allows patients to resume their everyday lives within 24 hours. Learn more about the mitral valve clip.
MitraClip Procedure in New Albany, IN, HealthTalks Transcript
Vikas Singh, MD:
The mitral valve is like a double door between the left upper and the left lower chambers of the heart. Its function is to allow blood to move forward. For a variety of reasons, this valve can become dysfunctional and leaky, especially in the elderly population. Once that happens, the blood, instead of going forward, tends to go backward. When that happens, the person develops shortness of breath, pulmonary hypertension, and heart failure symptoms. [With] MitraClip, the role of this procedure is to be able to cinch this double door together and prevent the backward flow of blood and allow it to move forward again.
The recovery process after these procedures is actually the best part of the procedure, because there isn’t any. There’s no incisions involved, there are no stitches involved, there is no cutting involved. We go in [through] large veins or arteries in the leg, and most of our patients literally have a Band-Aid after the procedure. They’re back to recovery and back to what they were doing prior to the procedure, within 24 hours. We know that southern Indiana is home to a lot of elderly and aging population. In the past, these patients had to travel long distances to be able to get these procedures. We are very excited to be able to offer patients all the treatments at their doorstep. The patients don’t have to travel far. It’s overall a win-win for patients, their families, and the referring cardiologists.
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