Mitral Valve Repair Reference Centers must have experienced cardiothoracic surgeons and structural heart cardiologists, along with facilities and support services, to perform mitral valve repair procedures with superior clinical outcomes1 .
Qualified centers must perform at least 50 index mitral valve repair procedures in the most recent year. Each center must have at least one surgeon who has performed a minimum of 25 index mitral valve repair procedures in the most recent year or an average of 25 per year for the most recent 2 years.
Index mitral valve procedures are operations for primary (degenerative) mitral valve disease with prolapse, excluding severe mitral annular calcification (MAC) and leaflet calcification, with or without concomitant operations.
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- 1El-Eshmawi A, Castillo J, Tang G, Adams D. Developing a mitral valve center of excellence. Current Opinion in Cardiology 2018;33(2):155-161. https://doi.org/10.1097/hco.0000000000000498
Standards and Best Practices for Mitral Valve Repair Reference Centers
The recommended treatment for degenerative mitral valve disease is mitral valve reconstruction, as opposed to valve replacement with a bioprosthetic or mechanical valve, because valve repair is associated with improved survival and fewer long-term complications.