Hospital da Luz Applies Mitral Valve Treatment by Catheterization

A Hospital da Luz Lisboa team, led by cardiologist Rui Campante Teles, performed for the first time a percutaneous plasty of mitral valve, with clip insertion, for the treatment of a male 85-years-old patient in serious cardiac insufficiency (class III NYHA).

A month after the intervention, the patient – that had serious limitations in daily life, with shortness of breath and fatigue in minor efforts, like going up a ramp or a flight of stairs – presents very favourable clinical evolution, with considerable improvement of his functional condition.

The treatment of aortic valve pathology by catheterization started at Hospital da Luz Lisboa already in 2012, being the first private centre to offer this alternative therapeutic to conventional surgery. The treatment of mitral valve pathology by catheterization is now available, thanks to the great evolution in the indispensable imaging techniques, especially intra-procedure three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

In the case of the abovementioned patient, besides Rui Campante Teles (in the centre, in the photo above, wearing a purple gown), the Heart Team VaP (Percutaneous Valves) also integrated physicians Pedro Gonçalves, Francisco Machado, Manuel Almeida, Marisa Trabulo, Miguel Abecassis, Ana Ferro and Nuno Cardim.

Specialist in interventional cardiology, Rui Campante Teles practices as physician at Hospital da Luz since its foundation, in 2007. Presently, he is also one of the coordinators in Portugal of the European campaign “Valve for Life”, developed in the scope of the Portuguese Association of Cardiovascular Intervention, a non-profit organization.

The initiative, under the high patronage of the Presidency of the Republic, views to promote knowledge on aortic valve disease and contribute to better access to treatment for the general population.

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