Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai
Heart disease takes an American life every 34 seconds. The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai is powered by colleagues dedicated to understanding and overcoming this pervasive health threat. Together, we are testing novel treatments and ushering in tomorrow's treatment innovations.
Specific to heart valve treatment, the Cedars-Sinai team is staffed with leading cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists that specialize in open heart, minimally invasive, and catheter-based therapies to treat disorders including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.Learn more.
In 2022, The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai received the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award from the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation. This award recognizes cardiac centers that have a demonstrated record of superior clinical outcomes, as well as an ongoing commitment to reporting and measuring quality and outcome metrics specific to mitral valve repair surgery, an optimal treatment for mitral regurgitation.
We Specialize In Minimally Invasive Valve Therapy
Cedars-Sinai has helped pioneer several innovations specific to minimally invasive heart valve procedures. Cedars-Sinai is the largest cardiac center on the West Coast for transcatheter therapies for the aortic valve, the mitral valve and the pulmonic valve. During transcatheter procedures, there is no incision to the patient's sternum or ribs. Last year, Cedars-Sinai performed over 630 transcatheter procedures. In addition, Cedars-Sinai is using robots for the treatment of diseased mitral valves in which blood is flowing backwards into the heart, a condition known as mitral regurgitation.
Watch as Dr. Joanna Chikwe, Chair of the Dept. of Cardiac Surgery in the Smidt Heart Institute, discusses different approaches to mitral valve repair.
Watch this interview with Dr. Alfredo Trento to learn more about his use of robots to achieve excellent surgical outcomes for patients with mitral valve prolapse.
Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists
Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai has assembled a special team of heart valve specialists that are committed to getting patients the best results. Our team consists of many leading surgeons and cardiologists that you can learn more about by clicking the links below:
Our Patients Say
In August 2009, I was on a walk while vacationing in Idyllwild, California when I started to experience shortness of breath. I was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage where ...
In August 2009, I was on a walk while vacationing in Idyllwild, California when I started to experience shortness of breath. I was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage where I was officially diagnosed with mitral regurgitation and atrial fibrillation.
As for surgically treating the mitral valve, my family was told that someone of my age was “high risk” with a potential 40% mortality rate during open heart surgery. Like many other high-risk patients, I was released from the hospital and went home under the care of my local cardiologist. At the time, I had no idea what the MitraClip was.
It was easier than having the TEE performed. According to the FDA protocol, I was admitted the day of the procedure. I left the hospital about 24 hours later. The team at Cedars-Sinai used two MitraClips to reduce the mitral regurgitation from severe to mild.
For me, I believe the MitraClip should be called the “MiracleClip”. As the people around me will attest, I was falling fast before this procedure. The other day, I was at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market picking fresh fruits and vegetables. All in all, I’m very grateful for my supportive family and the incredible team of doctors who saved my life.
Kato Pomer, 92
I recently celebrated my third anniversary from mitral valve repair surgery. I now have a strong beating heart with no leakage or murmur for ...
I recently celebrated my third anniversary from mitral valve repair surgery. I now have a strong beating heart with no leakage or murmur for the first time in my life. So you know, I was born with a heart murmur in 1965. Since then, I had been actively monitoring the valve. It took 44 years but the severity of the mitral regurgitation progressed to the point that I needed surgery.
The very kind and very generous Doctor Alfredo Trento at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute repaired my mitral valve using the minimally invasive procedure with the DaVinci robot. While others turned me down for the operation, Dr. Trento and his team found a way to make it happen. I believe that Dr. Trento and this procedure was a blessing in my life. I am forever grateful.