Located between the heart’s right upper chamber (called the atrium) and lower chamber (called the ventricle), this valve makes sure blood flows downward from the atrium into the ventricle. Like other heart valves, it has three flap-like leaflets that open and close to direct blood flow.
Over time, this valve can become stiff, not fully opening, and it can also become leaky, allowing blood to flow backward.
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Traditional valve repair involves cutting open the breast bone, stopping the heart and placing a patient on a heart lung bypass machine to oxygenate the blood during surgery. Though this approach is life-saving and the best option for some patients, our specialists emphasize advanced, minimally-invasive techniques whenever possible.
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.
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