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Year in review: mitral valve surgery

Yanagawa, Bobby; Latter, David; Verma, Subodh

Current Opinion in Cardiology: March 2016 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 148–153
doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000262
VALVULAR HEART DISEASE: Edited by Subodh Verma

Purpose of review In the past year, there has been progress on several fronts in the field of mitral valve surgery and intervention. Here, we review key publications regarding the surgical and transcatheter management of mitral valve disease.

Recent findings This past year heralded the publication of the 2014 American Heart Association (AHA)/American College of Cardiology (ACC) Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Valvular Heart Disease. Regarding degenerative mitral regurgitation, low risk of operative mortality and data demonstrating clinical benefit for early surgery are prompting renewed calls for early intervention before guideline-based triggers. For functional mitral regurgitation, the precise roles of chordal-sparing replacement versus repair and the optimal management of moderate disease at the time of surgical revascularization are unclear. Sternal-sparing minimally invasive mitral valve surgery has become a mature procedure in experienced centers and offers comparable surgical morbidity and mortality with superior cosmesis and faster return to baseline function. Transcatheter interventions for mitral regurgitation continue to undergo development and testing. Mounting experience and ongoing clinical trials with the MitraClip endovascular edge-to-edge repair device will provide important data on the optimal target population for this device.

Summary This past year has seen important advances in the surgical treatment of degenerative and functional mitral regurgitation as well as continued refinement of transcatheter interventions.

Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Correspondence to Bobby Yanagawa, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, 30 Bond Street, 8th Floor, Bond Wing, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8, Canada. Tel: +1 416 864 5706; fax: +1 416 864 5031; e-mail:

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