Mitral Valve Reference Center Award

While clinical guidelines recommend mitral valve repair over replacement, too many patients who would benefit from repair receive replacement valves, with higher rates of death or complications within five years after surgery. In an effort to combat this, the Mitral Foundation and the American Heart Association® launched a joint recognition program to identify, recognize and promote the nation’s recognized medical centers for mitral valve repair surgery.

This Award Will Provide Information For Patients And Their Families To Make Informed Decisions And Achieve Better Outcomes

The recommended treatment for degenerative mitral valve disease is mitral valve reconstruction, as opposed to valve replacement with a bioprosthetic or mechanical valve, because valve repair is associated with improved survival and fewer long-term complications. Unfortunately, too many patients who would benefit from repair receive replacement valves, with higher rates of death or complications within five years after surgery.

Applications For Recognition For The Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award Will Be Accepted In Early 2020

This recognition award program will:

  • Recognize those Mitral Valve Repair Reference Centers who have received this award that have a demonstrated record of superior clinical outcomes, as well as an ongoing commitment to reporting and measuring quality and outcome metrics specific to mitral valve repairs.
  • Promote the availability of recognized centers that have received this award to help improve access to quality care for patients across the United States.