MitraClip is a less-invasive treatment option for certain people with degenerative mitral regurgitation who are not suitable for surgery.
Mitral regurgitation is when the mitral valve does not close tightly enough. As a result, blood that is supposed to flow out of the heart and into the body leaks back up — or regurgitates — into the heart and lungs. This can cause shortness of breath (dyspnea), fatigue and/or a rapid, fluttering heartbeat.
The MitraClip procedure is less invasive because it does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, doctors access the mitral valve with a thin tube (catheter) that is guided through a vein in your leg to get to your heart. Procedures vary from person to person, but typically patients are released from the hospital within 2 to 3 days.
According to MitraClip, clinical data from patients who underwent the procedure demonstrated an immediate reduction of mitral regurgitation and a lessened hospital stay of approximately 3 days.