About the Mitral Valve
Over time, the mitral valve can become overly stiff, which prevents it from fully opening (called stenosis). When this happens, not enough blood can leave the heart to fully nourish cells and tissues throughout the body. In other cases, the valve develops small holes or the leaflets may not close fully, which allows blood to seep backward where it doesn’t belong. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, swollen feet or legs, chest pain, fatigue, and lightheadedness.
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These advanced tools allow cardiovascular specialists to use robotics as well as catheter-delivered devices to repair or replace heart valves. By using these tools, surgeons can access the heart by making tiny incisions between the ribs or in the leg, sparing the breastbone and allowing for a swifter recovery.