UVM Medical Center has new Procedure for Treating Mitral Valve Disease

Burlington, Vt. - The University of Vermont Medical Center has a new treatment procedure for patients with a faulty mitral valve in their heart and are considered high risk for open-heart surgery.

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR) uses a catheter inserted through a vein in the leg to reach the heart and make repairs.

"More than 25,000 patients have been treated worldwide and have seen improvement in heart failure-related symptoms with this device," said Harold Dauerman, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at UVM Medical Center.

"The UVM Health Network started offering this treatment option to appropriate patients in January. We are treating 1–2 patients a month, including a 90-year-old who had become extremely immobilized by his disease. I am happy to report that he had a rapid recovery from the procedure and is now enjoying a much improved lifestyle," Dr. Dauerman continued.

Unlike open-heart surgery, TMVR is minimally invasive treatment that uses a Mitraclip to repair the leaky heart valve.

For additional information, visit Dr. Dauerman's blog post.

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