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The mitral valve is the "inflow valve" for the main pumping chamber of the heart, the left ventricle. The valve can malfunction and cause blood to flow backwards into the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath. Over time, this can weaken the heart muscle and lead to congestive heart failure.
In this podcast, listeners can learn about various mitral valve disorders and treatments from Dr. James Gammie, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Gammie describes a minimally invasive option to fix the mitral valve known as videoscopic mitral valve repair. He says there are many advantages to repairing the mitral valve rather than replacing it.
In this interview with Michelle Murray, Dr. Gammie also talks about the types of patients who would be good candidates for minimally invasive mitral valve repair.
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