Jefferson University Hospitals

Frequently Asked Questions

The mitral valve acts as a one-way gate between the upper and lower chambers of the left side of the heart. When the mitral valve leaks, as in mitral regurgitation, it causes a backward flow of fluid in the heart.

Yes. It affects more than 2 million people annually in the United States, and it's the second most common form of valvular heart disease worldwide.  

Jefferson cardiologists treat some of the most complex cases of heart and vascular disease, which are often referred or transferred from other hospitals in the region. Visit our Cardiology Department webpage to determine if a cardiologist is right for you.

Referral to a valve clinic is appropriate at the time of diagnosis, in order to prevent consequences of heart failure.

Mitraclip is a FDA-approved therapy for "high risk" or "prohibitive risk" patients. Your comprehensive heart team of cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists and advanced practice professionals will determine if you qualify for the procedure.

We believe in a holistic and personalized approach, which means we'll include you in the decision-making process.

For questions or help making an appointment, call Rebecca Marcantuono, CRNP, at 215-955-2918, or click to talk to a JEFF NOW® representative.