Treatment for your degenerative mitral regurgitation depends on how severe it is and how sick you are. Your cardiologist may prescribe medications that reduce symptoms, such as diuretics for fluid buildup in the lungs. However, these medications only treat the symptoms and do not address the underlying problem with your mitral valve that is causing your disease.
Degenerative mitral regurgitation itself can only be treated in two ways: mitral valve surgery or transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR). It is important to discuss your treatment options with your cardiologist or TMVR heart team. Learn more about your treatment options.
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The MitraClip device is a small metal clip covered with a polyester fabric that is implanted on your mitral valve. The clip is inserted through a catheter, without the need to temporarily stop your heart.
The MitraClip device treats mitral regurgitation by clipping together a small area of the mitral valve. The valve continues to open and close on either side of the clip. This allows blood to flow on both sides of the clip while reducing the flow of blood in the wrong direction. Watch an animation of the procedure to learn more.
The average hospital stay is two to three days. You should experience relief from your symptoms of mitral regurgitation soon after your procedure.
Most patients will not need special assistance at home following discharge from the hospital, outside of ongoing needs for any unrelated health conditions. While in the hospital, you will be closely monitored and your doctor will perform various tests to evaluate your heart function.
Following your procedure, you will receive an Implant Identification Card, which you must carry with you at all times. Show your Implant Identification Card if you report to an emergency room or if you require a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.