Mitral Valves Can Be Repaired Without Open-Heart Surgery

A newer procedure allows most floppy mitral valves to be fixed in a minimally invasive procedure.


One in 10 adults over age 75 develop a leaky mitral valve that allows blood to flow backwards into the left atrium. This condition, known as mitral regurgitation, forces the heart and lungs to work harder to meet the body’s demands for oxygenated blood. Over time, the overworked left ventricle can enlarge and thicken—a process that leads to heart failure.

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