Are you one of the millions in the U.S. with a leaky or tight heart valve?

Are you one of the millions in the U.S. with a leaky or tight heart valve?

A team of expert physicians with the Advocate Heart Institute at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., are performing a new and innovative procedure, allowing patients to avoid open-heart surgery.

This advanced treatment will mend the mitral valve in the heart and is called Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement (TMVR).

TMVR is a minimally invasive procedure performed on patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation requiring repair of the valve or a failing surgical or transcatheter bioprosthetic mitral valve requiring replacement of the valve. These conditions occur when a person’s mitral valve is significantly damaged and cannot properly close or it is too tight to open.

When this happens, blood leaks backwards into the heart, causing abnormal blood flow every time the left ventricle fills with blood and contracts due to improper closure of the mitral valve, or blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle is significantly limited due to improper opening of the mitral valve.

“Transcatheter mitral valve repair is done for leaky mitral valves by inserting a clip through the femoral vein using a catheter, and transcatheter mitral valve replacement is done for leaky or tight surgical mitral valves by inserting a new tissue valve through the femoral vein using a catheter,” says Dr. Anupama Shivaraju, interventional cardiologist at the Advocate Heart Institute at Christ Medical Center. “We have the technology to either repair the native mitral valve or implant a new valve inside a failing surgical tissue mitral valve without subjecting the patient to open heart surgery.”

“We are excited to be able to offer new therapies like this to our patients,” Dr. Shivaraju adds. “There is a high likelihood of success with such a low-risk of complications for our patients who receive TMVR. This procedure can be so rewarding for them and improve their overall quality of life.”

This is an excellent treatment option for those suffering from serious health issues but are considered high-risk for complications from open-heart surgery.

“We are proud to be one of the few medical centers in Illinois and the first at Advocate who can offer these groundbreaking procedures to our patients,” says, Dr. Paul Silverman, chief of cardiology at the Advocate Heart Institute at Christ Medical Center. “We are dedicated to providing our patients with the best heart care using state-of-the-art technology.”

The most common symptoms for mitral regurgitation and stenosis include fluttering of the heart, shortness of breath, fatigue, leg swelling and lightheadedness.

If you have any of these symptoms schedule an appointment online with a primary care physician or your cardiologist.

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Marrison Worthington
Marrison Worthington

Marrison Worthington, health enews contributor, is a public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and has several years of global corporate communications experience under her belt. Marrison loves spending her free time traveling, reading organizational development blogs, trying new cooking recipes, and playing with her golden retriever, Ari.