Odisha’s First MitraClip Cardiac Therapy Successful At KIMS Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: In a first in the state, doctors at Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) on Thursday successfully performed a MitraClip procedure on a 70-year-old female patient.

The patient had severe heart failure due to leakage in the mitral valve that controls blood flow between the lower left heart chamber (ventricle) and the upper left heart chamber (atrium).

“When there is mitral valve regurgitation, the valve doesn’t close properly. It causes leakage and the heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body, which may lead to atrial fibrillation (AFib) or heart failure. The MitraClip is placed on the mitral valve in a minimally invasive procedure through a small puncture in the groin,” informed Assistant Professor of Department of Cardiac Science Dr Anupam Jena who led the team of doctors who performed the procedure.

He further informed, “MitraClip procedure is also called transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) and has several advantages over open-heart surgery for mitral valve disease. Patients recover faster and report less pain after the catheter-based procedures.”

KIMS was also the first in the state to perform the Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) procedure to repair the damaged valve.

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