Mitral valve regurgitation care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other specialists collaborate as a multidisciplinary team to provide you with coordinated, comprehensive care. This means that you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist on the multidisciplinary team. This collaborative approach means doctors can often evaluate you and develop an individualized 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.

Surgical treatment

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons treat mitral valve disease with many treatment options, including mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement. Doctors conduct mitral valve repair when possible, as it preserves the valve and may preserve heart function. More than 400 people a year undergo mitral valve repair at Mayo Clinic.

If your valve can't be repaired, your doctor may recommend mitral valve replacement. More than 200 people a year have mitral valve replacements at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo cardiovascular 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 perform mitral valve repair using less invasive catheter procedures in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. In these procedures, cardiologists may use clips or plugs to repair mitral valves. Doctors may also use a catheter procedure to insert a replacement valve in a biological tissue replacement valve that is no longer working.

Pediatric heart care

Pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons in the Center for Congenital Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota provide comprehensive care for children with heart valve disease and other congenital heart conditions.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

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

The echocardiography laboratories at Mayo Clinic perform more than 90,000 studies a year. The labs are equipped with new 3-D echocardiogram technology, which provides a more detailed heart valve image than does conventional 2-D imaging.

Nationally recognized expertise

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

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021–2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

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.

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors, cardiologists, and cardiovascular surgeons have experience and expertise in evaluating and treating people with mitral valve regurgitation and other types of heart valve disease.

    More than 17,500 people with mitral valve disease are evaluated and treated at Mayo Clinic each year.

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

  • Treatment expertise. Mayo doctors and surgeons have experience and expertise treating mitral valve regurgitation with mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement and other types of heart valve surgery. Pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in 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.

  • Research. 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. 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.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiovascular Medicine 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

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