ThedaCare: THEDACARE BECOMES FIRST IN AREA TO OFFER MITRACLIP HEART VALVE REPAIR

ThedaCare: THEDACARE BECOMES FIRST IN AREA TO OFFER MITRACLIP HEART VALVE REPAIR

ThedaCare is proud to announce it will now be the first healthcare system in Northeast and Central Wisconsin to offer the MitraClip procedure. MitraClip is a leading therapy that allows skilled ThedaCare cardiologists to repair leaky mitral heart valves, called mitral regurgitation.

“As the area leader in both inpatient and outpatient cardiac procedures, we know it’s important to use the best technology and advancements that are available,” said Scott Betzelos, MD, ThedaCare’s Chief Clinical Officer and President of the Clinically Integrated Network. “MitraClip allows us to offer the most comprehensive heart care possible to patients, close to home.”

MitraClip is the first transcatheter mitral valve intervention therapy approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat select heart failure patients with mitral regurgitation (MR). According to studies, mitral regurgitation is the most common heart valve disease and affects one in 10 adults over the age of 75. The procedure is a less-invasive treatment option, targeting patients who are high risk for open-heart surgery. Unlike surgery, MitraClip does not require opening the chest or temporarily stopping the heart.

“The technology used with MitraClip is minimally invasive and patients will have shorter recovery period compared to open heart surgery,” said Abdelkader Almanfi, MD, director of the ThedaCare Structural Heart Program. “Patients usually recover within one to two days, allowing them to get back to their lives and loved ones.”

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