Percutaneous mitral valve leaflet repair for mitral regurgitation

Closed 27 Mar 2019

Opened 25 Feb 2019

Overview

NHS England has launched a 30 day consultation on a policy proposition for percutaneous mitral valve leaflet repair for mitral regurgitation.

The mitral valve in the heart ensures the forward flow of blood from the upper chamber of the heart (left atrium) into the lower chamber (left ventricle). Sometimes the valve does not close properly resulting in blood leaking back into the left atrium. If the volume of blood leaking backwards is large, the heart has to work harder to pump blood round the body leading to shortness of breath, fatigue and over time heart failure. This impacts on quality of life and makes daily activities harder. Percutaneous mitral valve leaflet repair is an intervention that, in cases of structural abnormalities, can be used to stop the leakage.

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