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The Magnificent MitraClip – Redeemer For Leaky Hearts

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A path breaking treatment conducted by the UK surgeons at the Hammersmith Hospital would benefit the lives of countless patients ailing from a leaking heart. The surgeon carried out a valve restoration operation with the assistance of ‘MitraClip’ for treating a heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy – impairment in the cardiac muscle that causes FMR (functional mitral regurgitation) a condition that is the consequence of a failed closure of the mitral valve in the heart. This causes a host of problems for the person comprising of breathing distress, weariness and fluid accumulation.

The insertion of the MitraClip is done via a catheter in the groin area which is guided to the heart employing ultrasound scanning and X-rays. The device when correctly placed function alike a clip that holds papers together, though here it functions in holding or clamping the valves together.

Mitraclip heart procedureThe brain child of the MitraClip was Dr. Frederick St. Goar, an interventional heart surgeon in California that is presently being made by the Evalve – A company from the United States. The diminutive-sized cobalt-chromium clip has a partial casing of polyester is a permanent heart implant. A pliable delivery arm the thickness of a pen is passed via the femoral vein in the groin area; upwards the right part of the body till it reaches the right atrium of the heart.

No sooner is the clip positioned, it is then undone and 2 of its handles are drawn backwards for catching the leaves of the valve, after which it is sealed for joining them together.

This is the ideal approach for those ailing from acute FMR that are not the conventional candidates for surgical intervention due to their underlying cardiovascular condition, however could garner immense benefits from the lesser-invasive therapy with swifter recuperative periods.

The introduction of the MitraClip does not involve the opening of the chest or stopping the heart, the anaesthesia procedure being milder and the healing is faster.

Above three hundred heart attack-associated fatalities occur every day and studies have revealed that these incidents escalate during Christmas and New Year time.

Scientists have since the past two decades been aware that a heart attack was the outcome of a response of the person’s immune system against the arterial wall, with these occurrences rising in the chilly months – the time when widespread infections are observed to surge.

The immune cells are WBCs or white blood cells present all through the body that comprise of monocytes and lymphocytes. The monocytes are the offenders that lead to heart blockages and cause inflammation and cardiovascular ailments.

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