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MitraClip® is a small clip used to treat patients with severe degenerative mitral valve regurgitation. MitraClip is most frequently used with patients who are experiencing mitral regurgitation symptoms and are not fit for open surgery.
MitraClip is also used as a minimally invasive option for patients with a leaky mitral valve and heart failure.
- The MitraClip procedure takes place in Valley’s cardiac catheterization lab. During the procedure, the device is inserted through the femoral vein in the groin, similar to a routine catheterization.
- Using X-ray and ultrasound imaging, MitraClip is guided to the mitral valve, where the clip partially closes the leaking valve.
- Patients undergoing this procedure typically experience short recovery times and short hospital stays of three days.
How Does MitraClip Work?
- MitraClip allows the leaking valve to close more completely.
- By partially closing the valve, MitraClip enables the heart to pump blood more efficiently. This helps to relieve mitral regurgitation symptoms such as shortness of breath and can improve your quality of life.
Why Choose Valley for MitraClip?
- MitraClip expertise: The Structural Heart Program team at Valley was the first in Bergen, Passaic and Rockland counties to use the MitraClip device. MitraClip is the first and only commercially approved alternative to mitral valve surgery in high-risk patients with significant symptomatic degenerative mitral valve regurgitation. Valley also has experience treating patients with a leaking mitral valve and heart failure.
- Proven results: In more than 25,000 patients, MitraClip has been shown to not only be safe but also successfully reduce mitral regurgitation, leading to an improvement in an individual’s symptoms and reduction in hospitalizations for heart failure. Most patients experience an immediate improvement in breathing.
- Mitral valve surgery: Cardiac surgery at Valley has performed more than 830 mitral valve procedures. These include mitral valve repairs and/or replacements and combined procedures that treat mitral valves along with other issues, including damaged aortic valves, coronary artery bypass, and aortic surgery.
- Shorter recovery: Patients undergoing the MitraClip procedure typically experience short recovery times and short hospital stays of three days.
- Cleveland Clinic alliance: Valley’s heart program is in alliance with Cleveland Clinic's Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, ranked No. 1 in the nation for heart care since 1995 by U.S. News & World Report.