Mitral valve disease care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) collaborate as a multidisciplinary team with heart surgeons (cardiac surgeons) and other health care professionals to provide you with coordinated, comprehensive care. This collaborative approach means doctors can often evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.

Individualized approach

Doctors at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. Doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need.

Innovative treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons have experience and training in performing innovative surgical procedures to conduct mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement and other heart valve surgeries. Doctors repair the mitral valve when possible instead of replacing it, as it preserves the valve and may preserve heart function.

Mayo cardiac surgeons may perform minimally invasive heart surgery to repair a mitral valve, which involves the use of smaller incisions than those used in open-heart surgery. Surgeons may sometimes perform robot-assisted heart surgery, a type of minimally invasive heart surgery in which surgeons use robotic arms to conduct the procedure.

Mayo doctors may use less invasive catheter procedures to repair mitral valves using plugs, clips or other devices. Doctors may also use a catheter procedure to insert a replacement valve in a biological tissue replacement valve that is no longer working.

Research and innovation

Mayo doctors have been pioneers in many types of heart valve surgery, such as mitral valve repair and aortic valve repair, for many years. Doctors continue to study new surgical options to repair or replace the mitral valve, including catheter procedures, minimally invasive heart surgery and other techniques.

Researchers study diagnostic tests and treatment options for mitral valve disease and conduct clinical trials.

Expertise and rankings

Experience

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) and heart surgery (cardiac surgeons) have experience in evaluating and treating people with mitral valve disease and other types of heart valve disease. Surgeons have extensive experience in performing mitral valve repair and replacement. Mayo doctors evaluate and treat more than 17,500 people with mitral valve disease each year.

Mayo doctors have experience evaluating and treating mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve prolapse and mitral valve stenosis.

Doctors trained in treating children with heart conditions (pediatric cardiologists) work with pediatric cardiac surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota to treat children with mitral valve disease and other heart conditions.

Advanced diagnosis experience

Mayo Clinic doctors have experience using advanced imaging techniques, including echocardiography, 3-D echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography, to accurately diagnose mitral valve disease and other heart conditions, and to determine the cause of the condition. Mayo doctors perform more than 90,000 echocardiograms each year.

Treatment expertise

Mayo doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have extensive experience and expertise evaluating and treating people with heart valve disease. A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and other medical staff trained and experienced in evaluating and treating heart valve disease collaborate to provide your care.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.

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