When heart valves don’t work, they can cause symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and even congestive heart failure. At Prairie, we offer minimally invasive alternatives such as TAVR and MitraClip to help patients with valvular heart disease. Patients will meet a team of specialists in our valve clinic who all work in partnership to determine a unique treatment plan for
MitraClip is a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment option for patients with severely leaky mitral valve (mitral valve regurgitation) who are considered too high risk for traditional open-heart surgery procedures. Benefits include a shorter recovery time, minimally invasive procedure, significantly less pain compared to open heart surgery, improvement in quality of life and symptoms, and reduction in hospitalization for congestive heart failure and potentially life-saving option for high risk patients.
The WATCHMAN device is a parachute-shaped self-expanding device permanently implanted in the LAA sealing it off. It prevents blood clots in the LAA from entering the bloodstream. It is made of materials that are common to many medical devices, is about the size of a quarter, and it cannot be seen outside the body.
Guided by X-ray images, a catheter is inserted into the femoral artery in the upper thigh. With the heart still beating, a collapsible heart valve inside the catheter is guided into the chest. This valve is only about the diameter of a #2 pencil. Once inside, the replacement valve is expanded, pushing aside the damaged valves. The replacement valve is then secured into place, where it begins to function immediately. The catheter is then removed. Because the procedure is minimally invasive and requires virtually no cutting, most patients can expect an in-hospital recovery time of three days or less.
Cardiac ablation uses energy to make small scars in your heart tissue. These scars help stop abnormal electrical signals that move through your heart and cause an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Cardiac ablation can also treat atrial fibrillation (a-fib). Your cardiologist may recommend an ablation if medications or other procedures, such as a cardioversion, don’t resolve your arrhythmia.
Prairie offers a comprehensive cardiovascular surgical team able to provide the most advanced surgical procedures for our patients.
In the Prairie Valve Clinics, you will meet a team of experts including interventional cardiologists, cardiologists who specialize in imaging, heart surgeons, our Valve Clinic Coordinator and a host of