Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)
For people with a heart problem called mitral regurgitation, Gundersen now offers minimally invasive transcatheter mitral valve repair or TMVR.
The mitral valve is made up of two leaflets that regulate the flow of blood through the two left chambers of the heart. With each heartbeat, the leaflets open to allow blood to flow through and then close. Sometimes with age, heart disease or birth defect, the leaflets can bulge or weaken so they don't close properly, allowing blood to leak backward, a condition known as mitral regurgitation.
Mitral regurgitation forces the heart to work harder to pump blood which can lead to an enlarged heart or other serious heart problems, including heart failure.
Minimally invasive procedure
Treatment may require surgery. But when patients are not candidates for this traditional surgery, Gundersen Health System now offers transcatheter mitral valve repair.
TMVR is a minimally invasive procedure for those who are not candidates for open-heart surgery or patients who are risky to operate on.
Unlike surgery, TMVR does not require opening the chest. Gundersen heart specialists can access the mitral valve using a catheter threaded through a vein in the groin up to the heart. The catheter carries a small device called a MitraClip® that's implanted to tighten the mitral valve so it can close more completely and reduce the amount of mitral regurgitation.
Is TMVR right for you?
While the TMVR procedure is less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery, it is not right for everyone. But for eligible patients, TMVR offers many benefits over traditional surgery. In clinical studies patients experienced:
- An immediate reduction in mitral regurgitation
- Low hospital length of stay of 2.9 days on average
- More than 70 percent reduction in hospital visits for heart failure
- Improved quality of life soon after the procedure
Your cardiologist or Valve Clinic team will determine if you are a good candidate for TMVR.
Anyone interested in being considered for TMVR should talk to their doctor about a referral to the Gundersen Valve Clinic or call (608) 775-2335.