Northside Hospital May 07, 2018

The Structural Heart team at Northside Hospital has been performing a new MitraClip procedure to reduce or eliminate mitral regurgitation. Mitral regurgitation is the most frequent valve disease in the United States. The prevalence of mitral regurgitation increases with age, affecting 1 in every 10 people age 75 or older. Patients considered to be high or prohibitive risk for conventional valve repair or replacement surgery now have a catheter based alternative. MitraClip provides a new treatment option for many people with severe mitral regurgitation who cannot undergo the mitral valve surgery.

Currently, the procedure is performed by the Structural Heart team at Northside Hospital Tampa Bay Heart Institute.

The new clip procedure is less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery, reducing recovery time; most patients go home just one day after their procedure. Using a catheter inserted in the groin and threaded through the femoral vein to the heart, the surgeon positions a clip to connect the two leaflets of the valve where the leakage is occurring, thereby reducing or eliminating leakage. Using echocardiography and fluoroscopy to view the heart and valve, the surgeon can see immediately if adjustments need to be made to the clip’s position, or if additional clips are needed to further reduce MR. Symptoms of mitral regurgitation may include fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing while walking, palpitations or rapid, fluttering heart and/or swollen ankles or feet.

Eighty-four year old Arthur Quinter recently had the MitraClip procedure done at Northside Hospital. “I had so little energy and always was short of breath, now I am riding my bike and playing golf. These were activities I never thought I’d be able to do again.”

Patients previously diagnosed with MR who did not meet eligibility requirements for valve replacement, may be eligible for the new transcatheter mitral valve repair procedure as a treatment option. For more information, call the Northside Hospital Structural Heart and Valve Clinic (727) 528-5916