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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

ich can cause fatigue, shortness of breath and worsening heart failure. Untreated mitral valve regurgitation can lead to congestive heart failure and other serious heart rhythm problems.

Mitral valve regurgitation is the most common type of heart valve insufficiency in the United States. About 4 million people have significant mitral valve insufficiency. Approximately 50,000 of these patients undergo surgery each year in the United States.

There are no medications indicated to treat mitral regurgitation, but there are medications used to manage patient symptoms. For symptomatic patients diagnosed with moderate-severe or severe mitral valve regurgitation, surgery is generally recommended to repair or replace the mitral valve. Before the MitraClip, this typically involved open-heart surgery with the patient on cardiopulmonary bypass. Recovery from the open-heart approach may take several months to regain normal physical function and activity.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 13 years. Other hospital honors include: "Baby-Friendly" hospital status from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for its efforts to support mothers' decision to breast feed and received Florida Hospitals Association's Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, Fla.  For more information about Morton Plant Hospital, call (727)
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