Usually, surgeons have treated mitral valve disease by removing the diseased valve and implanting an artificial valve (valve replacement). But in recent times Mitral valve repair is used to treat regurgitation (leakage) or stenosis (narrowing) of the mitral valve.
About 92 percent of patients at the Maryland Heart Centre will have their valve repaired instead of replacing the deseased valve. Cardiac surgeons at the Maryland Heart Centre are leaders in mitral valve surgery.
The advantages of mitral valve repair method include improved long-term survival rates and reduced risk of stroke and freedom from long-term treatment with blood thinners.
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