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Mitral Valve Surgery

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Uploaded on Jun 11, 2009

About the Podcast:
The mitral valve is the "inflow valve" for the main pumping chamber of the heart, the left ventricle. The valve can malfunction and cause blood to flow backwards into the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath. Over time, this can weaken the heart muscle and lead to congestive heart failure.

In this podcast, listeners can learn about various mitral valve disorders and treatments from UMMC mitral valve surgery expert Dr. James Gammie. Dr. Gammie describes a minimally invasive option to fix the mitral valve known as videoscopic mitral valve repair. He says there are many advantages to repairing the mitral valve rather than replacing it.

In this interview with Michelle Murray, Dr. Gammie also talks about the types of patients who make ideal candidates for minimally invasive mitral valve repair.

About the Expert.
Dr. James Gammie is a cardiac surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Related Links:

Dr. James Gammie
http://www.umm.edu/doctors/james_s_ga...

The Maryland Heart Center
http://www.umm.edu/heart/index.htm

Mitral Valve Repair Program
http://www.umm.edu/heart/mitral.htm

Surgical Webcast: Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
http://www.or-live.com/umm/1151/

Video: Patient Success Story
http://www.umm.edu/heartstories/

Distributed by Tubemogul.

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