Patients with mitral valve disease who are not healthy enough to have surgery can benefit from MitraClip. (Image courtesy of Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, Calif., USA.) Mitral valve disease is often characterized by mitral regurgitation (MR) – the leaking of blood and disruption of flow through the heart valve.
Mitral regurgitation is a disorder in which the mitral valve on the left side of the heart does not close properly. Regurgitation means leaking from a valve that does not close all the way.