Compared to valve replacement, mitral valve repair provides better long-term survival, better preservation of heart function, lower risk of complications, and usually eliminates the need for long-term use of blood thinners (anticoagulants).
Advantages of Mitral Valve Repair:
- Better early and late survival
- Improved lifestyle
- Better preservation of heart function
- Lower risk of stroke and infection (endocarditis)
- No need for blood thinners