Mitral Clip treatment

The doctor can recommend a Mitral Clip treatment (percutaneous mitral valve reconstruction) if you meet certain criteria. The Mitral Clip treatment is far less invasive compared to open-heart surgery.
The cardiologists and heart surgeons who perform this procedure repair the leaking heart valve by attaching a special clip to the mitral valve. The clip ensures that the heart valve closes more effectively, which improves the normal blood flow through the heart.

How does the treatment work?

The Mitral Clip is a type of clamp that is attached directly to the mitral valve without your chest having to be opened or you being attached to a heart-lung machine. To reach the mitral valve a flexible, long guiding catheter is inserted into an artery in the groin region and moved to the heart.

With the aid of this catheter, the clip is then attached to the mitral valve, after which it closes more effectively again. During the procedure the doctors can determine the position of the clip in the beating heart and, if necessary, adjust this as often as necessary to achieve the desired optimal reduction in insufficiency. The reduction in mitral insufficiency is verified with 3D-ultrasound images. You are under general anaesthesia during the operation.

See this video on Mitral Clip placement.

Are you eligible for this treatment?

Mitral Clip treatment is especially suitable for

  • patients of advanced age
  • patients with another condition in addition to heart disease

If you fall into (one of) the groups mentioned above, there is a high risk of complications with open-heart surgery. Mitral Clip treatment will reduce your symptoms and is far less invasive, which might make it a good alternative for you. However, there are numerous criteria for each patient individually that determine whether the Mitral Clip is a possibility. Only a doctor can determine whether Mitral Clip treatment is the correct option for you.

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