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MitraClip at Saint Thomas Heart Valve Center

The MitraClip is a small metal clip that helps patients with MR (mitral regurgitation), a condition in which the heart's mitral valve leaflets do not close tightly, causing blood to leak into the heart's left atrium. The condition can lead to advanced heart failure and affects approximately 4 million people in the United States.

This new treatment expands the options for selected patients with MR, especially those who are not candidates for invasive open-heart surgery. The procedure allows doctors to use catheter-based technology to repair the mitral valve via a groin puncture without requiring patients to undergo cardiopulmonary bypass or the need for traditional chest incisions.

The MitraClip procedure shortens recovery time and ultimately improves quality of life for those experiencing life-altering symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath.

Saint Thomas Heart was the first cardiac program in Tennessee to offer the MitraClip as part of a national clinical trial for patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and MR, the most common type of heart valve insufficiency in the United States.

For more information about the MitraClip procedure, contact the Saint Thomas Heart Valve Center at 855.789.2593.