“Am I A Candidate For The MitraClip Procedure?” Asks Kate

I just received a great question from Kate about mitral valve prolapse, severe regurgitation and the MitraClip.

In her email, Kate writes to me, “Hi Adam – I am a 33-year old, single mother of two, recently diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse and moderate to severe mitral regurgitation (MR).  I am exploring my options and was wondering if you could tell me which hospitals perform the MitraClip surgery? Also, how would I get evaluated to see if I am a potential candidate for this procedure?”

MitraClip Device

As you may know, the MitraClip is a catheter-based technology that “clips” the two mitral leaflets together to reduce regurgitation. It should be noted that the FDA has not approved the MitraClip in the USA — although, it recently received an FDA panel approval vote of 5-3, which is a good sign.

To answer Kate’s question, I contacted Dr. Steven Bolling, who is a leading mitral valve surgeon and Director of the Mitral Valve Program at The Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan. In response to Kate’s question, Dr. Bolling noted:

Dr. Steven Bolling - Cardiac Surgeon

“The MitraClip is not indicated for Kate at all. It is now used only in a trial for high-risk functional MR.  The one thing that a recent clinical trial (known as the Everest study) showed was that patients, like Kate, must have a surgical mitral valve repair at a center that will have a good, long-lasting 99% repair rate ( eally 100%!). She will be “cured” this way.  Any other therapy will take her off the best outcome curve. Thanks, Steve”

I hope this helped Kate (and perhaps you) learn more about the MitraClip and its potential use for patients. Many thanks to Kate for her question and a special thanks to Steven Bolling, MD for his continued support of our community!

Keep  on tickin!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick

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  • Adeline Coleman

    Hello Adam,
    My brother who is 57 had Valve repair 5 weeks ago. He seemed in good health but passed out twice and found out he needed a Pacemaker. After having more testing done they found that he need Valve repair. I have enjoyed reading your blog,as i am so worried about him. He seems to be so tired, having a hard time breathing, I am just wondering if this is normal? I also read that therapy is very helpful, but the doctor didn’t prescribe it for him. I feel he needs it to get stronger and to help him mentally.he is a very hard worker, and now he feels like he will never be back to normal. I have never been through this so i don’t if this is a normal feeling after this type of surgery. i feel like everytime i visit he seems so down. Thank-you for any info!
    Thank-you,
    Adeline Coleman

  • WENDORLYN DUNCAN

    I AM A 57 YEAR OLD WOMAN,THAT HAS MITRAL VALVE PROPLASE SINCE I WAS BORN. I WAS SUPPOSE TO HAVE SURGERY TO REPAIR IT.BUT MY MOTHER DIDN’T HAVE IT DONE, I EVEN HAVE A HOLE IN MY HEART ALSO. I HAVE PASS OUT SEVERAL TIMES IIN MY LIFE AND BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL FOR MY CONDITION WITH MY HEART. YES I AM ON MEDICATION.I AM WONDERING IF I AM A CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROCEDURE.

  • Al

    Be careful with the hole in heart. Get it fixed. A couple of the people in my stroke group have had strokes because of heart holes.

  • joseph verzino

    Can I have Mitral Valve repair if I have a pacemaker?
    I like the Mitraclip because the heart is not stopped.

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