A relative of mine may be eligible for a trial of a percutaneous mitral valve repair. Thoughts on safety and effectiveness?

Results mixed. The results with this trial are mixed and mostly viewed as being poor. I would not consider this technique unless the patient is non-operable (surgical risk excessive). The data on this trial has been published and is available to review.
Mitral repair. This is an ongoing study to determine the effectiveness of the percutaneous procedure. The study had to be approved by the irb of the institution where the study is being performed. Early studies are encouraging and appear relatively safe. She should discuss this with the investigator doing the study.
Percutaneous MV rep. It's also important to realize that these percutaneous procedures do not fix the leak completely and that if the valve leak worsens after the percutaneous procedure, he/she will more than likely need mitral valve replacement.

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BP 120/79 L Arm 139/80 R Arm on resting. 16 mth After Mitral Valve Repair with Ring Off of Betablockers trial period Is this Normal to be expected?

Sometimes. Different blood pressure in the arms can be found at baseline depending if plaque is present in the artery. 16 months after surgery can allow time for plaque to develop and progress. Not sure if the surgery accentuated the disease. . Read more...

After mitral valve repair, I still have a little amount of leakage, I thought the repair was done to eliminate all leakage, is this normal?

Sounds ok. Slight leakage may be very acceptable and not dangerous. Your docs will monitor and explain. Read more...
Depends. Ideally, after repair their should be no leakage, but depending on the goal of the procedure and the patient, trace to mild residual leakage may be acceptable. Read more...

Did mitral valve repair cure anxiety?

Not necessarily. Anxiety associated with mitral valve prolapse is a sequelae of the autonomic dysfunction associated with the genetically inherited mvp. There are many other causes of anxiety with different classifications per dsm-5. Therefore, surgical repair of mvp may help with anxiety but may or may not ameliorate anxiety in your case. Please discuss with your cardiologist and or primary care physician. Read more...
No. A mitral valve repair fixes a structural defect in the heart. Anxiety is a mental condition, and can be cured by other, non-surgical means. Some people with mitral valve disease are less anxious after surgery because they worry less. This indirectly aids the anxiety. Read more...

How is mitral valve repair done on babies?

Depends . The technique depends on the specific issue with the valve. Some require complete replacement while others require "plasty" which involves repairing the leaflet or ring around the leaflets. Please discuss this more with your child's cardiologist. Read more...
Depends. Depends on what is wrong with the valve, is it an a-v canal valve, tissue quality, associated defects, valve pathology. The valve may be so wrong that repair is not possible. Sometimes, a mechanical valve may be the only way out. Read more...

Is pleurisy normal after mitral valve repair?

It depends. Pleurisy is inflammation of the pleura (lining of the lung). It's most commonly caused by an infection. Symptoms are usually a sharp pain associated with deep breaths, coughing (anything that makes the lungs move). Heart surgery can cause pleurisy but not very common because we don't necessarily enter into the lung space. But minimally invasive approaches do, and we see it more often then. Read more...

With mitral valve repair, when does the slight leakage start.?

Immediately & can . Occur long term as well...But that doesn't mean it's bad if small which is common. Read more...
Varies. Almost all mitral valves will occasionally leak - even without surgery. This is a function of many variables, including heart rate, volume status, rhythm, and so forth. Many people who have mitral surgery become fixated on the fact that they have some leakage. This is an unhealthy fixation, since it is so common and usually of no consequence. You should leave the worry to your cardiologist! Read more...

What are the chances of mitral valve repair surgery not being a success?

Depends. I know you are probably looking for a number but the actual answer is very hard to give. It depends on what the cause of the mitral valve regurgitation is, which leaflet (and even which part of which leaflet) is involved and then the experience of the surgeon going repairs. You should find someone who does a lot of them. Read more...
Low. The new techniques, open or robotic minimally invasive are quite effective. It does depend on the underlying pathology of the valve- leaflets, annulus, cords and papillary muscles and function. That is explained to the patient in the informed consent process. Read more...