I just came across the University of Maryland Medical Center online portal, and I was so impressed with the different articles that one can read up on. Aside from the usual information that we normally see on a regular medical center portal, there is also a health library where one can learn and get pertinent information from.
Articles about mitral valve repair, I found out, is one of the most requested topic. There is actually no questions about it being a popular content on their website, because the Maryland Medical Center specialize in mitral valve surgery and the treatment of valvular disease. In fact, the cardiac surgeons of the Maryland Heart Center are renowned leaders in the repair of the mitral valve. To prove their efficiency and expertise, among patients at the Heart Center, about 92% of them have their mitral valve repaired in lieu of replaced. If you take the national average of patients that have their valve repaired, which is typically at 55%, that 92% is way over the national average. While mitral valve repair is more often than not the recommended first step, mitral valve replacement is performed if the patient is not a good candidate for the former.
Should you be interested to learn more about these procedures, head on to UMM.edu. There are also interesting and informative videos as well as many useful links that details the different procedures.