Scripps Doctors Are First in San Diego Region to Implant Experimental Mitral Valve Replacement
Newest frontier in heart valve replacement
Due to the challenges posed by the large size of the mitral valve and its hard-to-reach location in the heart, TMVR has emerged as the newest frontier in minimally invasive heart valve replacement.
When performing the TMVR procedure, members of a multidisciplinary heart team insert a catheter loaded with the device through a small incision in the chest between the ribs and into the lower part of the left ventricle. Once in place, the outer stent portion of the device attaches to the malfunctioning valve without the need for additional sutures. An inner stent houses the replacement valve, which restores normal blood flow to the heart.
Participation in the APOLLO trial is the latest example of Scripps’ leadership and innovation in cardiology.
Ranked No. 1 for heart care in San Diego County by U.S. News and World Report, Scripps Health is the largest provider of heart care in the region, with more than 76,000 cardiovascular patients every year. Its Prebys Cardiovascular Institute brings together leading researchers, physicians, staff and technologies in the most advanced center dedicated to heart care on the West Coast.
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