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Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic and Structural Heart Center Offers New Treatment for Most Common Heart Valve Problem
Date:8/7/2014

CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Morton Plant Hospital continues to offer the latest treatments in cardiac care, particularly for individuals with heart valve problems who may not be able to have traditional open heart surgery. Morton Plant is among the first hospitals in Florida and the first locally to use the new MitraClip device for people with severe mitral valve regurgitation.

MitraClip, approved by the FDA in October 2013, is the world's first percutaneous mitral valve repair therapy. MitraClip provides a minimally invasive option for select patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation. Mitral valve regurgitation, the most common type of heart valve disorder in the United States, occurs when the valve separating the left upper collection chamber and left lower pumping chamber of the heart does not close properly. As a result, blood flows backward into the left upper collecting chamber of the heart, decreasing the blood flow to the rest of the body, making the heart work harder.

"This device is the first of its kind to be able to use a transcatheter technique to deal with mitral valve disease and mitral valve regurgitation," said Joshua Rovin, MD, a cardiovascular surgeon and medical director of the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic and Structural Heart Center. "Our Valve Clinic Team is proud to be the first in our community to offer this less invasive approach to help improve the quality of life for people who may not have other options."

The MitraClip is a permanent implant device delivered to the heart through a blood vessel in the groin (femoral vein). The heart continues to beat during the procedure and does not require the heart-lung bypass machine, which is
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