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5/9/2018 Member News

Northside Hospital Performs New Cardiac Procedure


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Carrie Johnson, Marketing Director
Northside Hospital, Marketing & Public Relations
6000 49th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Phone: (727) 521-5265, Fax: (727) 521-5007


The Structural Heart team at Northside Hospital has been performing a new MitraClip procedure to reduce or eliminate mitral regurgitation. Mitral regurgitation is the most frequent valve disease in the United States. The prevalence of mitral regurgitation increases with age, affecting 1 in every 10 people age 75 or older. Patients considered to be high or prohibitive risk for conventional valve repair or replacement surgery now have a catheter based alternative. MitraClip provides a new treatment option for many people with severe mitral regurgitation who cannot undergo the mitral valve surgery

Currently, the procedure is performed by the Structural Heart team at Northside Hospital Tampa Bay Heart Institute.

The new clip procedure is less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery, reducing recovery time; most patients go home just one day after their procedure. Using a catheter inserted in the groin and threaded through the femoral vein to the heart, the surgeon positions a clip to connect the two leaflets of the valve where the leakage is occurring, thereby reducing or eliminating leakage. Using echocardiography and fluoroscopy to view the heart and valve, the surgeon can see immediately if adjustments need to be made to the clip’s position, or if additional clips are needed to further reduce MR. Symptoms of mitral regurgitation may include fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing while walking, palpitations or rapid, fluttering heart and/or swollen ankles or feet.

Eighty-four year old Arthur Quinter recently had the MitraClip procedure done at Northside Hospital. “I had so little energy and always was short of breath, now I am riding my bike and playing golf. These were activities I never thought I’d be able to do again.”

Patients previously diagnosed with MR who did not meet eligibility requirements for valve replacement, may be eligible for the new transcatheter mitral valve repair procedure as a treatment option. For more information, call the Northside Hospital Structural Heart and Valve Clinic 727-528-5916


About Northside Hospital
Serving the community since 1976, Northside Hospital is a 288-bed facility, offering a full range of services including comprehensive and interventional stroke care, full-service orthopedic and spine treatment, a 24-hour emergency department, preventative and corrective cardiac care, and general surgery. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (SCPC) and one of the first hospitals in the area to achieve Atrial Fibrillation Certification (SCPC), our technologically advanced facility allows our superior physicians and nursing staff to care for our growing community. Northside Hospital was the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in St. Petersburg and has been nationally-recognized as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care for the past four consecutive years by The Joint Commission. With campus-based specialized units, such as the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, and the Neuroscience Institute for Interventional Neuroradiology and neurologic care, Northside Hospital continues to enhance and expand its services to better serve the St. Petersburg community. For more information about Northside Hospital, a five-time recognized Top Workplace (TBT), visit our website at or visit us on Facebook at