PGH Offers Innovative Device for Patients with Mitral Valve Disease

Jan 25, 2018

Device improves quality of life for patients with debilitating heart valve disease who are prohibitive surgical risk

Miami, Fla. (January 26, 2018) –Palmetto General Hospital introduces the minimally invasive MitraClip device as an option for patients suffering from mitral regurgitation (MR). MR is a debilitating, progressive and life-threatening disease in which a leaky mitral valve causes a backward flow of blood into the heart. The condition can raise the risk of irregular heartbeats, stroke and heart failure, which can be deadly.

“Mitraclip gives our patients an option that they did not have before,” said Dr. Mike Diaz, interventional cardiologist . “This procedure allows us to restore their valve without open heart surgery and leads to improved heart function and a quicker recovery time.”

“We are focused on improving the patient outcomes and expanding access to care for those who need it most by allowing patients to regain independence and quality of life.” said Dr. Brijeshwar Maini.

Medications for the condition only assist with symptom management and do not stop the progression of the disease, so typically open heart mitral valve surgery is the standard of care treatment. Now that the MitraClip device has been approved for U.S. patients with severe symptomatic degenerative MR, the number of invasive mitral valve surgeries performed may be reduced.

“Palmetto General Hospital  is proud to offer patients suffering from mitral valve disease a nonsurgical treatment option,” said Ana Mederos, CEO of the hospital. “We are confident that the MitraClip device will open new doors for many of our heart failure patients.”

MitraClip, made by Abbott Vascular, repairs the mitral valve without the need for an invasive surgical procedure. The device is delivered to the heart through the femoral vein, a blood vessel in the leg. Once implanted, it allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently, thereby relieving symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life. Patients undergoing MitraClip treatment typically experience shorter recovery times and reduced hospital stays of about three days.

Multiple trials, published reports and registries of patients treated with the MitraClip device consistently demonstrate a positive safety profile, reduction in mitral regurgitation, improvement in symptoms and reduction in hospitalizations for heart failure, even in some of the most ill and debilitated patients.

About Palmetto General Hospital 

Palmetto General Hospital, a 368-bed acute care hospital located at 2001 West 68th Street in Hialeah, Fla., is owned and operated by Tenet Healthcare. The hospital has served the healthcare needs of Northwest Miami-Dade and Southwest Broward Counties for over 40 years through its broad range of services, including but not limited to, adult and pediatric emergency care, maternity, mental health, hyperbaric, surgical oncology, wound care, a bariatric program, a sleep disorders center, and a comprehensive cardiovascular program. Through its academic affiliations with Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University, Palmetto General Hospital also serves as a training site for physicians.

In addition to being one of only four Joint Commission-accredited Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the state of Florida and 110 in the nation, Palmetto General Hospital was recently awarded the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll-Elite Plus. In further recognition of the hospital’s commitment to cardiac care, Palmetto earned the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for heart failure treatment.

Palmetto General Hospital’s accolades extend beyond cardiac and stroke care. The hospital is certified by the Surgical Review Corporation as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and has also been recognized since 2009 as a Designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Palmetto General Hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency in the nation, and was recently named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures for the third consecutive year. To learn more about Palmetto General Hospital, please visit or call 1-800- 522-5292.

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