Mitral Valve Repair

What is the Mitral Valve?

The mitral valve is one of four valves in the heart. It controls blood flow between the left atrium (upper left chamber) and the left ventricle (lower left chamber), the primary pumping chamber.

In some hearts, the mitral valve is predisposed to leaking. Newer studies show that with the right surgeon, repairing the mitral valve might be better than replacing it.

“Preserving the valve keeps the architecture of the heart intact,” says Dr. Hashim. “The patient has much better quality of life and more longevity. For patients, that means less blood thinners, they're prone to less infections, and the function of the heart is stronger.”


Dr. Sabet Hashim

Dr. Sabet Hashim, chair of cardiac surgery, co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, is an internationally-recognized mitral valve specialist and researcher.

In 1984, Dr. Hashim performed the first mitral valve repair surgery in New England -- a minimally invasive procedure that uses several small cuts to reach the heart. He has since completed more than 2,000 of these highly technical procedures, becoming the state’s largest mitral valve practice.


International Ratings

Under Dr. Hashim’s leadership, the Heart & Vascular Institute has earned distinguished international three-star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for both mitral valve repair and replacement.

Earning three-star ratings, which denote the highest level of quality, helped place the Heart & Vascular Institute among the elite for cardiac surgery in North America.

“It underscores the deep commitment our team of providers and staff have to providing the highest quality care for every patient, every day,” says Dr. Hashim.


Fairfield County Access

Dr. Hashim is welcoming new patients and is now providing more convenient access for Faifield County patients by joining the renowned surgeons at St. Vincent's Medical Center

Call 860.696.5520 for an appointment or to make a referral.

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Mitral Valve Repair