Jul 20, 2008

Mitral Valve and a Healthy Life

The mitral valve is the "inflow valve" for the left side of the heart. It opens and closes to allow oxygenated blood to flow from the left atrium into the left ventricle. So, it is very important part of our body. A mitral valve replacement or repair is required in order to treat severe cases of mitral valve prolapse, heart valve stenosis, or other valvular diseases. Most surgeons will prescribe you to go for valve replacement or artificial valve implantation. It will work. But, there are some drawbacks in valve replacement. For example, patients are required to use blood thinners and any kind of infections in the valve will result in dangerous consequences. Valve replacement also increases the chances of stroke.

So, some surgeons have started to use the repairing techniques to treat the damaged valve. A valve repair still requires a major cardiac surgery but may offer the significant advantage of avoiding blood thinners. Repairing of valve also increases long-term survival rate and reduces the risk of stroke. Well, still mitral valve repair is a specialized technique and offered by only a few renowned hospitals worldwide.

If you are thinking about mitral valve surgery, you can contact the Maryland Heart Center of University of Maryland Medical Center. They are specialized in the surgical treatment of many valvular disease, including mitral valve repair surgery. In fact, they are the leaders in repairing mitral valve. They have successfully repaired the damaged mitral valves of 92% of their patients, instead of mitral valve replacement. This percentage is well above the national average and it was achieved only because of their highly skilled surgeons and use of advanced techniques.

Surgeons at the Maryland Heart Center now routinely performs a minimally invasive and videoscopic mitral valve repair surgery. This special surgery is performed through a two-inch keyhole incision on the side of the chest and enables patients to return to normal life sooner after surgery.

For more information about mitral valve surgery and other related service you can visit the official website of Maryland Heart Center (www.umm.edu/heart/). On their website, you will learn a lot of things about heart diseases and cardiac surgeries. Their website also provides some phone numbers, that you can use to book an appointment or to inquire about their services.


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