Mitral valve regurgitation care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons are experts at diagnosing and treating children and adults with mitral valve regurgitation and other heart valve conditions. Each year, more than 17,000 people with mitral valve conditions choose the whole-person care provided by Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary team of experts.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

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A team works together to evaluate and treat people at Mayo Clinic.

At Mayo Clinic, patient care is a collaborative effort between cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other specialists. These medical professionals are focused on working together to evaluate and treat your condition. This means that you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist on the multidisciplinary team.

Close collaboration enables the team to have your test results available quickly and to coordinate scheduling your appointments. Evaluation and treatment can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons conduct a detailed evaluation of your mitral valve regurgitation and then provide an individualized treatment plan. Surgical treatment options for mitral regurgitation at Mayo Clinic include:

  • Mitral valve repair. Studies have shown that repairing the mitral valve is the best option, when feasible, with positive long-term outcomes and less risk of heart failure in the future. Whenever possible, Mayo Clinic cardiac surgeons will try to repair your mitral valve rather than replace it, and this is accomplished in more than 250 people a year using standard techniques. Mayo Clinic surgeons have performed more than 4,000 mitral valve repairs since 2000. Using advanced imaging technologies, the cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at Mayo Clinic are able to determine exactly which sections of the mitral valve need repair. People come to Mayo Clinic for heart valve repair procedures that may not be available at other medical centers.
  • Minimally invasive repair procedures. Mayo Clinic surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive heart valve repair surgery in children and adults. Minimally invasive heart surgery uses smaller incisions than does conventional, or open-heart, surgery. In most cases, patients experience less discomfort and enjoy a quicker recovery with minimally invasive procedures. Minimally invasive mitral valve repair at Mayo Clinic is often done with the assistance of an innovative robot. Since robotic mitral valve repair has been available at Mayo Clinic, surgeons have performed more than 450 robotic mitral valve repairs.
  • Devices — Plugs and clips. Mayo Clinic cardiologists use new devices that do not require heart surgery to repair certain types of mitral valve regurgitation in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. These procedures include the use of plugs to repair mitral regurgitation around artificial mitral valves. For some patients, a clip can be used to bring the mitral valve leaflets together and decrease the amount of leakage.
  • Mitral valve replacement. In some people, such as those who also have narrowing of the mitral valve (stenosis) and heavily calcified valves, mitral valve regurgitation cannot be repaired. Mayo Clinic surgeons are experts in mitral valve replacement for mitral valve disease. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform more than 160 mitral valve replacements a year and have performed more than 2,300 mitral valve replacements since 2000.
  • Pediatric heart valve care. Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the Center for Congenital Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota provide comprehensive pediatric cardiology care for children with heart valve and other congenital heart conditions.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic mitral valve experts use advanced technology and sophisticated imaging tests to accurately diagnose mitral valve conditions. They work together to determine the cause of your symptoms and to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

The echocardiography laboratories at Mayo Clinic perform more than 100,000 studies a year. The labs are equipped with new 3-D echocardiogram technology, which provides a more detailed heart valve image than conventional does 2-D imaging.

With the goal of pursuing new knowledge and better ways to treat heart valve conditions, Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists continually study new diagnosis and treatment options and test them through clinical trials. The Mayo Clinic doctors apply the results of this research to your care. A variety of clinical trials and other studies may be available to you at Mayo Clinic.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is 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.
  • 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.

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.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

A team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work together at Mayo Clinic. Cardiovascular diseases and cardiac surgery team

A team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work together at Mayo Clinic.

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiologists) and heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) have experience in evaluating and treating people with mitral valve regurgitation and other types of heart valve disease.

    Doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have extensive experience treating people with mitral valve regurgitation and other heart valve diseases.

  • Collaboration. Mayo Clinic cardiologists work together as a multidisciplinary team with cardiovascular surgeons and doctors and staff in other areas to provide the most appropriate care to meet your needs.
  • Treatment expertise. Mayo doctors and surgeons have expertise treating mitral valve regurgitation with procedures including mitral valve repair, mitral valve replacement and other types of heart valve surgery. Doctors and surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, have experience treating children with mitral valve regurgitation and other heart conditions.

    Surgeons also have experience performing minimally invasive heart surgery to treat mitral valve regurgitation and other types of heart disease. Minimally invasive heart surgery involves smaller incisions that often result in less pain and a quicker recovery.

  • Research. Doctors at Mayo Clinic study new diagnostic tests and treatment options for mitral valve regurgitation and other heart valve diseases and conduct clinical trials.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.

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

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Aug. 04, 2017
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