Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR -MitraClip®) is a non-surgical, minimally invasive valve replacement procedure for patients with mitral valve regurgitation. UT Health Tyler was the first in Tyler to perform the MitraClip® procedure.
Mitral Valve Regurgitation (MR)
The mitral valve is the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle of your heart. A leak in the mitral valve occurs when the flaps, or doors, do not close completely, allowing blood to flow back into the heart as it pumps. The heart has to work harder, as a result, to keep blood flowing and can raise the risk for life-threatening stroke and heart failure. When MR becomes severe, it can profoundly affect a person’s quality of life by causing shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms.
For select patients who are too high-risk for surgery, MitraClip® is a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure that offers a safe and effective treatment option. The small MitraClip® clip is guided into place using a thin tube (or catheter) guided through a small incision in a leg vein. The clip is then attached to the flaps of the mitral valve to help it close more completely and restore normal blood flow. Patients tend to have a short hospital stay and experience improved heart function and symptoms almost immediately.
Are you at risk for heart valve disease? Take our valve screening questionnaire and our team will contact you to schedule a screening.