Mitral Valve Repair

Mitral Transcatheter Technologies

Francesco Maisano, Nicola Buzzatti, Maurizio Taramasso, and Alfieri Ottavio


Mitral valve regurgitation (MR) is the most prevalent valvular heart disease in the community, its prevalence increasing along with population aging and heart failure. While surgery remains the gold standard treatment in low-risk patients with degenerative MR, in high-risk patients and in those with functional MR, transcatheter procedures are emerging as an alternative therapeutic option. MitraClip is the device with the largest clinical experience to-date, as it offers sustained clinical benefit in selected patients. Further to MitraClip implantation, several additional approaches are developing, to better match with the extreme variability of mitral valve disease. Not only repair is evolving, initial steps towards percutaneous mitral valve implantation have already been undertaken and initial clinical experience has just started.

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2013;4(3):e0015