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Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital Successfully Performs the First MitraClip® XT-r Minimally Invasive Procedure in Illinois

The cardiology team at Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital has successfully performed its first mitral valve repair using the innovative MitraClip® XT-r procedure. This is the first procedure of its kind performed in Illinois, and HSHS St. John’s Hospital is the second hospital in the United States to offer it. The patient went home the day after the procedure and is doing well.
“I thank the Lord for leading me to the doctors at Prairie Heart,” said Kenneth Hinz, 77, the first patient to undergo the procedure at St. John’s. “I can’t believe how much better I feel. They are incredible doctors.”
The Mitra Clip® XT-r procedure is a minimally invasive treatment option for people with a severe leak in the mitral valve who are too high-risk for traditional open heart surgery. The condition, called mitral regurgitation (MR), is the most common heart valve disease.
“A leak in the mitral valve occurs when the flaps do not close completely, allowing blood to flow back into the heart as it pumps. As a result, the heart has to work harder to keep blood flowing and can raise the risk for life-threatening stroke and heart failure,” said Dr. Sachin Goel. “When MR becomes severe, it can profoundly affect a person’s quality of life by causing shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and other debilitating symptoms. For patients who are too high-risk for surgery, MitraClip® XT-r offers a safe and effective treatment option.”
The third generation MitraClip® XT-r clip is guided into place using a thin tube (or catheter) guided through a small incision in a leg vein. The clip is then attached to the flaps of the mitral valve to help it close more completely and restore normal blood flow. Patients tend to have a short hospital stay and experience improved heart function and symptoms almost immediately.
Based on volume, Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital is the leader in MitraClip repair procedures in the Midwest and the only hospital in Illinois outside of Chicago to offer this innovative technology for patients.
More information about MitraClip® XT-r therapy is available online at mitraclip.com.

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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