Learn More About Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement at Ohio State

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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. 

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World-Class Care and Access to the Most Advanced Treatments

Our Structural Heart Disease Program combines the talents of experts who are dedicated to the care and treatment of valve disorders. As an academic medical center, we have access to the newest and most advanced treatments. We are currently participating in a variety of clinical trials evaluating groundbreaking therapies in patients with valve diseases.

Our patients are treated and cared for in the Ohio State Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, which has an entire floor dedicated to patients undergoing cardiac catheterization procedures such as mitral valve repair. You will be cared for in a private, spacious room by a team of nurses and support staff who are dedicated and experienced in caring for patients who have undergone your procedure.

Ohio State heart physician Konstantinos Dean Boudoulas, MD, explains a minimally invasive option for treating mitral valve regurgitation using the MitraClip® device.