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Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair Program

UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester is one of only a few hospitals in Massachusetts offering Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR). This minimally invasive procedure is offered for patients with symptoms of mitral regurgitation who are too sick for open heart surgery. Mitral valve regurgitation occurs when the mitral valve flaps don’t close all the way causing blood to flow backward inside your heart.

TMVR decreases the back flow of blood and helps blood flow normally in your heart. Our team carefully evaluates each patient to determine if TMVR is the best treatment approach.

Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Treatment in Central Massachusetts

TMVR, using the FDA-approved MitraClip device, is unlike surgery in that it doesn’t require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, doctors access your heart through a vein in your leg. A catheter (a hollow tube) is inserted up through the vein in the groin. Using ultrasound guidance, the doctor can clip the valve flaps together reducing the amount of regurgitation.

Many patients experience a significant reduction in mitral regurgitation following TMVR, which results in fewer hospitalizations, and improvement in symptoms and quality of life. It’s important to discuss your treatment options with your cardiologist. Your physician will determine if this therapy is an option for you.


One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care eight years in a row.

Healthgrades Cardiac Care America's 100 Best Award 2020.

Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award for ten years in a row.

Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award 2020.

Recipient of Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 11 years in a row. 

Healthgrades Coronary Excellence Award 2020.

First-time recipient of the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award.

Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award 2020.

One of Healthgrades 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery five years in a row.

Healthgrades America's 50 Best Cardiac Surgery Award 2020.

Recipient of the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines Award

The American Heart Association's 2021 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus award for Stroke in the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.


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UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655