Understanding Mitral Valve Chordae Repair

Mitral Valve Chordae Repair

Mitral Valve Chordae RepairThe facts of  Mitral Valve Chordae RepairWe all know how incredibly important the heart is to the human body, without it, we cannot live. The heart responsible for pumping blood and oxygen in/out of our internal organs, if one part of the heart is not working properly, the issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible. The human heart is divided into four different ‘chambers’ and two different sides. All of the valves in the heart are very specific in the direction that they flow (one direction) and the Mitral Valve is located on the left side of the heart.

The Mitral Valve

Specifically is a part of the heart that receives newly oxygenated blood directly from the lungs themselves. When the Mitral Valve stops working in one direction, it is called either Mitral regurgitation or Mitral insufficiency. If the regurgitation is not that serious, it can typically be treated with prescribed medications. Oftentimes this type of issue may be found during a regular physical exam. If the Mitral Valve leak becomes significant though, it can lead to congestive heart failure, shortness of breath and even difficulty during regular exercising. If someone has this condition and it is not treated properly – it can lead to lung damage.

Next Steps

With Mitral Valve Chordae repair, it will ensure that the leaflets that are located within the Mitral Valve itself will line up properly and make the valve a one direction valve again. There will be no more concerns surrounding insufficiency of regurgitation and nine times out of ten, this will remove any issues. This is why it is most imperative to get your heart checked regularly because the sooner you catch this problem the higher the chances are for full recovery without damage to your lungs and heart.

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About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery