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Haryana doctors perform successful MitraClip procedure on a 79-year-old male

Doctors at Artemis Hospitals, Gurugram, have given a new lease of life to 79-year-old man, who had severe breathing difficulty due to severe mitral valve regurgitation, by carrying out a successful Mitraclip procedure.

Severe mitral valve regurgitation is a condition where the mitral valve fails to close properly, causing blood to leak back into the heart.

The MitraClip procedure is a minimally invasive heart procedure that repairs the mitral valve without the need for open-heart surgery.

The procedure involves inserting a small clip into the heart through a catheter, which is then used to attach the two leaflets of the mitral valve together, allowing the valve to close properly.

This procedure is a relatively new technique, and only a few hospitals in India offer this treatment. Artemis Hospital is now among the few hospitals in the region to offer this advanced treatment option.

Dr Amit Kumar Chaurasia, Chief Cath Lab & TAVI (Unit I), said “This is a significant milestone for us and demonstrates our commitment to providing the latest and most advanced treatments to our patients.”

“The MitraClip procedure is particularly beneficial for patients who are not suitable for open-heart surgery due to age, frailty, or other medical conditions. It also offers a faster recovery time,” Dr Chaurasia added.

He further added “The patient who underwent this procedure was a 79-year-old male with normal coronary artery severe MR, Mild LV dysfunction, severe COPD and severe rheumatoid arthritis. The patient was very symptomatic and due to breathlessness was unable to do any activity.”

“He could not even sleep at night or lie down flat on the bed. The option for him was to go for high risk surgical mitral valve replacement or Mitraclip. Surgical MVR was refused due to anesthesia reasons, hence Mitraclip was planned for the patient. Trans esophageal echocardiogram was done which showed mitral valve leakage from two different segments due to chordal rupture, the chord was calcified and this would cause further problems during the procedure,” Dr Chorasia added.

“The patient's relatives agreed for the procedure and a successful Mitraclip was done with three clips which reduced his MR from severe to trivial to mild. The patient was shifted to ICU for one day and then to the room and the patients started walking on day 2 of the procedure,” he further explained.

The MitraClip procedure is a breakthrough in the field of cardiology, as it offers a safe and effective alternative to open-heart surgery for patients suffering from mitral valve regurgitation.

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and does not require a lengthy hospital stay or a prolonged recovery period, allowing patients to resume their normal activities soon after the procedure.

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