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MitraClip™ in Ventura County

Innovative Procedure for Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Mitral regurgitation is common condition in which the mitral valve between the heart’s two left chambers doesn’t close completely, allowing blood to flow backwards into the heart. In severe mitral regurgitation, not enough blood moves through the heart or to the rest of the body. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, a dry hacking cough, excessive urination, fainting, water retention in the feet and ankles, decreased appetite, and an inability to exercise. Left untreated, mitral valve regurgitation progresses to terminal heart failure. About 1 in 10 people aged 75 and older have moderate or severe mitral regurgitation.

Transcatheter Valve Repair with MitraClip

MitraClip is a proven minimally invasive procedure that does not involve open heart surgery or the use of a heart-lung machine, both of which are risky for elderly people. For the MitraClip procedure, a catheter is introduced into the femoral vein through a small incision. With the help of guided imagery, the MitraClip device is threaded up to the heart through the catheter and positioned over the leaky mitral valve. The clip allows the leaky valve to open and close effectively, reducing the backflow of blood.

Benefits of the MitraClip procedure

The MitraClip device has been implanted in more than 150,000 patients worldwide. The results are impressive:

  • Patients had a 33% reduction in relative risk of mortality
  • There was a 51% reduction in heart failure hospitalization
  • Patients reported a significant improvement in their quality of life
  • Five years after the MitraClip procedure, patients continued to experience improvement in their heart function, quality of life, and ability to perform day-to-day tasks