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Doctors Combine 2 Heart Procedures for Positive Results

The mitral valve in your heart helps to keep your blood moving in the right direction. In some cases, the mitral valve becomes leaky or narrowed and surgery is necessary. Many people in need of mitral valve surgery also have an irregular heartbeat, and a procedure called ablation is often used to correct it. Atrial … Read More

The Future is Here: Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery (Video)

Surgery to repair your mitral valve, one of the heart’s four valves that keeps blood pumping efficiently, is higher-tech than ever. At Cleveland Clinic, which has the world’s greatest experience with mitral valve repair, robotically assisted surgery is now an option for many patients—and you could be one of them, depending on your surgeon’s assessment … Read More

Skiing Marathons Soon After Surgery

Athlete Jay Wiener gives this firsthand account on recovering from mitral valve repair and his journey to getting back into the race. Two months after having mitral valve repair at Cleveland Clinic, I found myself back in the race. My first test was the American Cross-Country Ski Marathon in Northwest Wisconsin. I felt better at … Read More

Fixing a Floppy Mitral Valve (Video)

Of all the heart valves, the mitral valve is the one repaired most often. That’s usually because of a leak called valve regurgitation. The good news is: There are a couple of effective ways to fix a “floppy” valve. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, explains what … Read More

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Inside the Mitral Valve (Video)

The mitral valve sits in the center of the heart, and though its purpose is quite simple—to keep the blood flowing in a single direction—it takes a complex, coordinated effort for this to happen. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, explains how the mitral valve works. Next … Read More

18 Innovations: Mitral Valve Repair System

Damaged mitral valves can be loose and floppy.  When the leaflets don’t fully close, blood leaks through. They need to be repaired. This can be done by suturing a cloth-covered ring around the damaged valve to strengthen it and pull the leaflets closer together. Up until the 1980s, it was difficult for surgeons to do … Read More