What is mitral valve repair?
Moderate to severe mitral regurgitation—frequently unrecognized and under diagnosed—is common among patients suffering from heart failure. It’s caused by a leaky heart valve and can place serious burdens on a patient’s quality of life.
In the past, the only therapy for severe mitral regurgitation was open heart surgery or valve replacement. Several recent landmark studies have shown that transcatheter mitral valve repair is a safe and preferable method in older and sicker patients.
Why mitral valve repair?
A reduction in mitral regurgitation is dramatic, leading to improved survival, improved symptoms and fewer hospitalizations for patients.
Patients wishing to be evaluated for transcatheter repair of the mitral valve undergo a transesophageal echocardiogram and thorough evaluation from the heart team. The heart team includes cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, radiologists, and anesthesiologists. We use the only FDA approved device for significant mitral regurgitation—the MitraClip—made by Abbott Vascular.
Dr. Kolski directs the structural heart program at St. Joseph Hospital—the busiest catheter-based heart valve program in Orange County. The outcomes at St. Joseph Hospital are in the top 10% nationally for length of stay and complications
Who we treat
MitraClip therapy is for patients with significant, symptomatic, degenerative mitral regurgitation who are too sick for mitral valve surgery. MitraClip is currently only indicated in patients who are high risk for surgical repair. Older and sicker patients may benefit from consultation for this approach.
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Additional Cardiology Services
Dr. Kolski is a highly skilled, nationally recognized cardiologist providing patients in Orange Country with world class heart care services
Dr. Kolski performs over 200 structural heart interventions a year and travels throughout the U.S., educating physicians on vascular techniques and Complex Higher-Risk (and Indicated) Patients. He directs the structural heart program at St. Joseph Hospital—the busiest catheter-based heart valve program in Orange County.
Procedures Since 2014
Complex Coronary Interventions
Limb Salvage Procedures