Diseases, Conditions & Treatments
Mitral Valve Repair with Evalve
Mitral valve repair with Evalve® is available at the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center, the only hospital in Houston and one of three in Texas chosen to participate in the nationwide Endovascular Edge-to-Edge Repair Study, or EVEREST II, investigating the minimally invasive Evalve Cardiovascular Valve Repair System for the treatment of mitral valve regurgitation.
Using this system, cardiologists deploy a tiny clip delivered by a catheter into the heart to repair the malfunctioning mitral valve. The heart beats normally during the procedure; heart-lung bypass is not required, and patients return to normal activity within several days.
In addition to improving blood flow through the heart, the procedure may also relieve symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath, common conditions in patients with significant mitral valve regurgitation.
The Evalve MitraClip® may improve quality of life and help patients avoid surgery or delay it, preserving surgical options – valve repair or replacement – until a time when surgery becomes necessary.