Interventional treatment of mitral valve regurgitation: an alternative to surgery?

Fabien Praz, Nicolas Brugger, Mohammad Kassar, Lukas Hunziker, Aris Moschovitis, Stefan Stortecky, David Reineke, Thomas Pilgrim & Stephan Windecker
Mitral regurgitation is a highly prevalent condition among elderly patients, affecting almost 10% of the general population aged 75 and older. Left untreated, severe mitral regurgitation results in high mortality and frequent hospitalisation for treatment of heart failure. Surgical treatment remains the first-line therapy for symptomatic, severe mitral regurgitation , especially for patients presenting with a primary aetiology. However, a high proportion of patients with mitral regurgitation are turned down for open-heart surgery, mainly due...
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