Published on October 26th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



COLUMBIA, SC – Providence Health introduced yet another first for the Midlands by implanting the region’s first MitraClip device.

The MitraClip is a ground-breaking new offering for select patients experiencing a “leak” in their mitral valve. The mitral valve is designed to pump blood in one direction through the heart. When there is a leak, blood can flow backwards, resulting in symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, heart palpitations, or even swollen feet or ankles.

Previously, in order to treat a leaky mitral valve, patients would need open heart surgery to repair or replace the damaged valve, resulting in many days in the hospital with a more challenging recovery time. The MitraClip made by Abbott, however, treats the condition with a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure using a catheter introduced through a vessel in the patient’s leg to implant the device.

Due to the minimally-invasive nature of this new procedure, Providence can now treat for this condition in patients who are older or have other co-existing conditions. These patients may have been ineligible for the previous, higher-risk surgical treatment options.

“The MitraClip addition enhances the continuum of care provided by the Providence Structural Heart Program,” said Dr. Garrison Morgan, cardiologist at Providence Health. “It is an honor to be able to be the first structural heart disease program in the Midlands to provide such a broad range of quality, minimally-invasive treatment options for cardiovascular concerns to the patients of South Carolina.”

Patients interested in pursuing this treatment option can discuss it with their doctors or contact the Providence Heart Structural Heart program by calling 803-673-0925.

About Providence Health: A part of LifePoint Health, Providence Health is nationally-recognized for top-quality cardiovascular, orthopedic, and surgical services. Providence is composed of two hospitals, multiple physician practices, a network of rehabilitation centers, imaging and diagnostics labs, a school of cardiac diagnostics and an accredited chest pain center. Providence employs nearly 1,800 dedicated staff. Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence is known statewide for outstanding clinical quality and compassionate care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded Providence Health a 4-star rating, the highest rank issued to a Columbia health care entity, and the Providence open heart surgery program has consistently ranked in the top 15 percent of open heart programs in the nation. For more information, visit

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