Patients who are not candidates for open-heart surgery may be eligible for a less-invasive treatment option known as MitraClip® therapy. This is for patients with mitral regurgitation.
The FDA-approved procedure, which was first implemented in 2003, does not require stopping the heart. Instead, an interventionalist inserts a tiny, two-arm clip made of cobalt-chromium into the femoral vein via a catheter. Once the tube that holds the implant reaches the heart’s two left chambers, surgeons clip rather than suture together mitral leaflets - flaps of tissue that help decrease regurgitant, or backward-flowing blood.
In most cases, patients are released from the hospital in one to two days and experience significant improvement in their symptoms of mitral regurgitation following the procedure. In the past year, more than 20,000 patients in the world have been treated with the MitraClip® procedure.
Signs of mitral regurgitation:
- Fatigue, exhaustion and light-headedness
- Shortness of breath, particularity while lying down
- Heart palpitations
- Leg or feet swelling
Baptist Health offers minimally invasive procedures such as the MitraClip® at Baptist Jacksonville. Patients are seen in Baptist's Valve Clinic, which is located in the offices of Baptist Heart Specialists on the Baptist Jacksonville campus. To request an appointment, call our Structural Heart Scheduler during business hours at 904.202.9500.
MitraClip Procedure Video
The MitraClip Therapy is a less invasive treatment option for mitral regurgitation. This video explains how the procedure is performed and the device used.
The Valve Clinic at Baptist offers expert diagnosis and care from a multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons specializing in minimally invasive techniques. This team uses a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment planning called a Valve Conference, where details of each case are discussed to create the best plan for the patient.
Led by Ruby Satpathy, MD, FACC, FSCAI, our Valve Clinic is conveniently located in the offices of Baptist Heart Specialists at Baptist Jacksonville to provide patients with complex valve conditions a single location where they can be seen by multiple specialists without having to make multiple appointments.
To request an appointment, call our Structural Heart Scheduler during business hours at 904.202.9500.