The MitraClip provides an alternative to open-heart surgery for patients with degenerative mitral valves. These valves help control blood flow through the heart. They can become dysfunctional over time and cause mitral regurgitation, a condition that allows oxygenated blood to go back into the left atrium instead of forward through the heart. This decreases the amount of blood getting to the heart and can cause heart failure.
The MitraClip is inserted through a catheter in the femoral vein in the groin and guided into the heart where it can strengthen the valve.