How Ohio State Treats Mitral Valve Regurgitation
There are four valves within your heart, which open to allow the blood to flow forward through the valve and close to prevent the blood from going backward through the valve. Each valve has leaflets that act as doors to open and close the valve. Mitral valve regurgitation occurs when the leaflets do not close properly on the mitral valve, allowing some blood to flow backward through the valve into the heart’s atrium.
To compensate, the heart has to work harder to keep blood pumping through the body. This strain can lead to serious heart complications.
We offer the most advanced treatment options for mitral regurgitation, provided by a team of expert cardiologists and surgeons. We are one of a few centers in the region to offer minimally invasive mitral valve repair using the MitraClip® device for select patients who qualify for this procedure. In this procedure, a small clip is inserted in the mitral valve that acts to reduce backward flow of blood in the heart. We also offer traditional open heart surgery and minimally invasive surgery to treat mitral valve regurgitation. The Ohio State team evaluates each patient's unique conditions to determine the optimal and least-invasive treatment options to address mitral valve prolapse and regurgitation.