Mitral Valve & MitraClip
UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids Heart & Vascular Institute and St. Luke's Hospital are the first in Cedar Rapids to offer a minimally invasive mitral valve repair.
The procedure is called MitraClip and is appropriate for patients diagnosed with mitral regurgitation (MR). Cardiologists at St. Luke's started offering the treatment option for individuals who are too high risk for surgical valve repair or replacement. It's an alternative to open heart surgery.
One of the four major heart valves, the mitral valve connects the left upper chamber of the heart to the left lower chamber. It has two leaflets, and over time, the valve can become diseased and leak (regurgitate). This can cause fatigue and shortness of breath.
The MitraClip attaches to the mitral valve to decrease the gap between the two leaflets. As a result, the valve is able to close more completely. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. It involves making an incision in the groin and using a catheter through a vein to deploy the device. Patients typically stay one night in the hospital.
The cardiology team determines the best course of action for patients diagnosed with MR, whether it be open heart surgery or MitraClip. Those who have the MitraClip procedure generally feel better quickly and experience a better quality of life.
To schedule an appointment at one of the UnityPoint Health - Cardiology locations, call (319) 739-2036 or (800) 982-1959.