Hyderabad: Cardiologists at Apollo Hospitals have performed a minimally invasive MitraClip procedure on a 41-year-old farmer, who was suffering from an end-stage heart ailment and was waiting for a heart transplant.
The MitraClip is a small metal clip with a polyester fabric that is inserted to fix the leaky mitral valve of the heart thereby ensuring that the blood flow is in the right direction. It is a globally accepted procedure for patients with heart failure. Patients who are not improving on medical treatment can opt for this minimally invasive solution that offers them a vastly improved quality of life and health, senior interventional cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals, Dr Sai Satish said.
The procedure is minimally invasive and is performed in a Cath lab and the device is removable and repositionable.
Research has shown that using MitraClip as a bridge to heart transplantation is safe and may even lead to functional improvements that permit patients to be removed from the transplant list, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group, Preetha Reddy said.
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