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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

common for open-heart surgery. The MitraClip improves valve closure and reduces backflow of blood (regurgitation). The heart returns to pumping blood to the body more efficiently, relieving the patient's symptoms and improving their quality of life.

"We are able to do real-time positioning and repositioning during the procedure to ensure we are achieving the greatest benefit," said Douglas Spriggs, MD, an interventional cardiologist and a member of the Valve Clinic Team. "The results are instantaneous, and we can see the improvement immediately during the procedure."

"The new technology of MitraClip provides additional options for selected patients and has the potential to both improve their quality of life and decrease hospitalizations.  We are delighted to have this significant clinical improvement to help serve the community," said Lang Lin, MD, an interventional cardiologist and a member of the Valve Clinic Team.

Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic

The Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic is a multi-disciplinary team of cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, and cardiac anesthesiologists focused on working together to determine the best medical or surgical options for each patient. The Valve Clinic coordinates Morton Plant Hospital's TAVR program.

Since it was the first in the Tampa Bay area to perform the TAVR procedure in 2012, the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic Team has continued to participate at a national level on advances in TAVR treatment including:

  • First hospital in Tampa Bay to use both the transapical (small incision between the ribs of the lower left chest) and transaortic (small incision on the upper chest) approaches instead of a groin incision for TAVR.
  • TAVR PARTNER II Clinical Tria
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