Mital Valve Repair Explained
One of four valves in the human heart, the mitral valve connects the heart’s upper left chamber (atrium) to the lower chamber (ventricle). Occasionally, the mitral valve does not close tightly and allows blood to flow back toward the lungs (mitral regurgitation). Mitral valve regurgitation is usually a result of damage to the valve structure from age-related changes, coronary artery disease or a congenital defect (an abnormality present from birth). If left untreated, the valve will become more damaged and can lead to other complications such as heart failure.
If the heart valve(s) becomes damaged or diseased, you may experience symptoms that can include any of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Edema (swelling) of the feet, ankles, or abdomen
- Rapid weight gain due to fluid retention
In many cases, patients with this condition can be treated with medication. However, if your cardiologist determines surgery is necessary, a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted technique may be an option. Benefits of this type of surgery include a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications, decreased post-operative pain and quicker recovery.
For more information on Mitral Valve Repair, or to request information about Summa Cardiovascular Institute, talk with our cardiac care specialists at (888) 926-9540.